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|Named Person:||William Wallace Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln|
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|Description:||343 pages ; 24 cm|
February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. "God has called him home." Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins a story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state -- called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo -- a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.
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- Lincoln, William Wallace, -- 1850-1862 -- Fiction.
- Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Fiction.
- Presidents -- United States -- Fiction.
- Grief -- Fiction.
- FICTION -- Ghost.
- FICTION -- Historical.
- FICTION -- Literary.
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