The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling author George Saunders talks about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War.
The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. Within days Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy’s body.
This is historical truth and from this the author gets inspired and spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying.
Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm called the bardo where ghosts mingle, squabble, gripe and commiserate and stony tendrils creep towards the boy, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.
An exhilarating new form is used to pen this book and is confirmed as one of the most important and influential writers of his generation.