Book review: ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ is wildly unique historical fiction – Roanoke Times

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017 12:00 am

Book review: ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ is wildly unique historical fiction

By Carmen Forman
carmen.forman@roanoke.com
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roanoke.com

Accomplished short story writer George Saunders takes on President Abraham Lincoln’s heartbreak and the world of the undead in his first novel “Lincoln in the Bardo.”

The novel, set in 1862, tackles Lincoln’s grief as he copes with his son’s very real death. Meanwhile, 11-year-old Willie Lincoln is laid to rest and then bonds with the other graveyard ghosts as he waits for his father to return to his crypt.

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