By George Saunders

This unique novel unfolds over the course of one night in a cemetery in Washington, DC in 1862. President Abraham Lincoln’s son, Willie, dies at age 11 of influenza.  He is then interred and enters “the bardo” as a newcomer to the cast of dead yet lively spirits who inhabit the cemetery at night, refusing to move on to their final judgment. Unique characters, some of whom we get to know during the course of the book, describe the (sometimes comical, sometimes heartbreaking) events of the night. Written almost like a play, with short lines “spoken” by these spirits, this is a fascinating, engaging, brilliantly-written book that will linger with you long after morning dawns.

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