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Sunday at the Library: Lincoln in the Bardo
May 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Friends of the Rosendale Library
Invite you to a
Read and Discuss
Lincoln in the Bardo
by George Saunders
From a 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, the 11-year-old son of Abraham Lincoln, who died leaving a deeply grieve stricken father, 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?
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Copies of this book are available to borrow through the Mid-Hudson Library system. Ask at the circulation desk for assistance if needed.