Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Cloth; New. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. George Saunders' ingenious novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, is a ghost story with origins in fact.
When 11-year-old Willie Lincoln died of typhoid fever in 1862, his body was interred in a borrowed mausoleum in Washington, D.C. Newspapers reported that President Lincoln visited the crypt to open his son's coffin and hold his body. Saunders makes charged connections here between a president stranded in grief and a nation mired in the blood and gore of the Civil War.