The Browseabout Book Club selection for March is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.
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. 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.
Purchase the book at Browseabout for 10% off the price; please let the staff member know you are buying it for the book club. Hot beverages from Browseabout’s cafe are half price during the meeting.
The meeting will take place on Sunday, March 24th, beginning at 3:30 PM. No prior registration is required. Come for one discussion, or come for them all!