Lincoln in the bardo: a novel

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***WINNER OF THE 2018 AUDIE AWARD FOR AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR***The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and inventedFebruary 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 an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, 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.Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction&;s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?The 166-person full cast features award-winning actors and musicians, as well as a number of Saunders&; family, friends, and members of his publishing team, including, in order of their appearance:   Nick Offerman as HANS VOLLMAN David Sedaris as ROGER BEVINS III Carrie Brownstein as ISABELLE PERKINS George Saunders as THE REVEREND EVERLY THOMAS Miranda July as MRS. ELIZABETH CRAWFORD Lena Dunham as ELISE TRAYNOR Ben Stiller as JACK MANDERS Julianne Moore as JANE ELLIS Susan Sarandon as MRS. ABIGAIL BLASS Bradley Whitford as LT. CECIL STONE Bill Hader as EDDIE BARON Megan Mullally as BETSY BARON Rainn Wilson as PERCIVAL &;DASH&; COLLIER Jeff Tweedy as CAPTAIN WILLIAM PRINCE Kat Dennings as MISS TAMARA DOOLITTLE Jeffrey Tambor as PROFESSOR EDMUND BLOOMER Mike O&;Brien as LAWRENCE T. DECROIX Keegan-Michael Key as ELSON FARWELL Don Cheadle as THOMAS HAVENS and Patrick Wilson as STANLEY &;PERFESSER&; LIPPERT with Kirby Heyborne as WILLIE LINCOLN, Mary Karr as MRS. ROSE MILLAND, and Cassandra Campbell as Your NarratorPraise for the audiobook&;Lincoln in the Bardo" sets a new standard for cast recordings in its structure, in its performances, and in its boldness. Now, let's see who answers the challenge.&; &; Chicago Tribune   &;Like the novel, the audiobook breaks new ground in what can be accomplished through a story. It helps that there&;s not a single bad note in the cast of a whopping 166 people. It&;s also the rare phenomenon of an audiobook being a completely different experience compared to the novel. Even if you&;ve read the novel, the audiobook is worth a listen (and vice versa). The whole project pushes the narrative form forward.&; &; A.V. Club   &;The result is an auditory experience unlike any other, where the awareness of individual voices disappears while the carefully calibrated soundscape summons a metaphysical masterpiece. This is a tour de force of audiobook production, and a dazzling realization of Saunders&; unique authorial structure.&;&;Booklist    &;The finished audiobook&;s tapestry of voices perfectly mirrors the novel.&;&;Entertainment WeeklyPraise for George Saunders   &;No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised.&;&;Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times   &;Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time.&;&;Khaled Hosseini&;Few people cut as hard or deep as Saunders does.&;&;Junot Díaz  &;George Saunders is a complete original. There is no one better, no one more essential to our national sense of self and sanity.&;&;Dave Eggers  &;Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny.&;&;Zadie Smith  &;There is no one like him. He is an original&;but everyone knows that.&;&;Lorrie Moore &;George Saunders makes the all-but-impossible look effortless. We&;re lucky to have him.&;&;Jonathan Franzen   &;An astoundingly tuned voice&;graceful, dark, authentic, and funny&;telling just the kinds of stories we need to get us through these times.&;&;Thomas Pynchon
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Grouped Work ID11f89dc3-7e00-3e2b-e649-28d0eec1b039
Grouping Titlelincoln in the bardo
Grouping Authorgeorge saunders
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2020-09-28 12:21:51PM
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Novelist Primary ISBN9780553397598

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auth_author2Brownstein, Carrie, 1974-
Cheadle, Don,
Dennings, Kat, 1986-
Dunham, Lena, 1986-
Hader, Bill, 1978-
July, Miranda, 1974-
Karr, Mary,
Key, Keegan-Michael, 1971-
Moore, Julianne,
Mullally, Megan,
O'Brien, Mike, 1976-
Offerman, Nick, 1970-
Sarandon, Susan, 1946-
Sedaris, David,
Stiller, Ben, 1965-
Tambor, Jeffrey, 1944-
Tweedy, Jeff, 1967-
Whitford, Bradley,
Wilson, Patrick, 1973-
Wilson, Rainn, 1966-
authorSaunders, George, 1958-
author2-roleBrownstein, Carrie,1974-narrator.
Cheadle, Don,narrator.
Dennings, Kat,1986-narrator.
Dunham, Lena,1986-narrator.
Hader, Bill,1978-narrator.
July, Miranda,1974-narrator.
Karr, Mary,narrator.
Key, Keegan-Michael,1971-narrator.
Moore, Julianne,narrator.
Mullally, Megan,narrator.
O'Brien, Mike,1976-narrator.
Offerman, Nick,1970-narrator.
Sarandon, Susan,1946-narrator.
Sedaris, David,narrator.
Stiller, Ben,1965-narrator.
Tambor, Jeffrey,1944-narrator.
Tweedy, Jeff,1967-narrator.
Whitford, Bradley,narrator.
Wilson, Patrick,1973-narrator.
Wilson, Rainn,1966-narrator.
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display_descriptionOn February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery under cover of darkness and visits the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son's body. Willie finds himself in a strange purgatory-- the bardo-- where ghosts commisserate quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance ... and where a struggle erupts over his soul. Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel - in its form and voice - completely unlike anything you have read before. It is also, in the end, an exploration of the deeper meaning and possibilities of life, written as only George Saunders can: with humor, pathos, and grace.
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Ghost -- FICTION
Ghost stories
Grief -- Fiction
Historical -- FICTION
Historical Fiction
Historical fiction
Intermediate state -- Fiction
Large type books
Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865
Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Fiction
Lincoln, William Wallace, -- 1850-1862
Lincoln, William Wallace, -- 1850-1862 -- Fiction
Literary -- FICTION
Paranormal fiction
Parental grief -- Fiction
Presidents -- United States -- Fiction
Purgatory -- Fiction
Spirits -- Fiction
United States
title_displayLincoln in the bardo : a novel
title_fullLincoln in the Bardo A Novel
Lincoln in the Bardo A Novel [electronic resource] Saunders, George.
Lincoln in the bardo / George Saunders
Lincoln in the bardo : a novel / George Saunders
Lincoln in the bardo [electronic resource] / George Saunders
title_shortLincoln in the bardo
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Ghost stories
Historical Fiction
Intermediate state
Lincoln, Abraham
Lincoln, William Wallace
Paranormal fiction
Parental grief