Lincoln in the Bardo (Large Print / Hardcover)

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Staff Reviews

I listened to this magical book on audio using the app (which I highly recommend for all you binge readers on the go) and it had me spellbound. The very first chapter caught me off guard in more ways than one, foreshadowing the bizarre and touching adventure to follow. The narration toggles between two storytelling modes: a chorus of regretful ghosts interpolated with quotations from both real and fictional sources. This way, Saunders paints a multifaceted yet singular landscape of American identity, a conversation between the rich and the poor, the old and the young, the North and the South, the black and the white. This ambitious technique required 166 actors for the audiobook production (including Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, Susan Sarandon, Ben Stiller, Don Cheadle, and the list just goes on!)


February 2017 Indie Next List

“Saunders' first novel has a steep entry curve. It's not a novel that reveals itself quickly and easily, but if you give it your attention, if you burrow deep into the book, you'll be eminently rewarded. There is a richness and depth of humanity here. There is the strange and wonderful. There is love and grief and mystery all brought together in the story of Abraham Lincoln's dead son, the Civil War, and what may happen to us all after we leave the mortal coil. It's a beautiful and moving book that will stay with you for a long, long while.”
— Jason Vanhee (E), University Book Store, Seattle, WA

Summer 2018 Reading Group Indie Next List

“The fact that Saunders’ first novel is awesome is no surprise, but everything else about it is. Lincoln in the Bardo takes a historical event and uses a recognizable form—bibliographic citation—and flips it, flips us, until we are no longer able to distinguish what is truth. Saunders reminds us that, ultimately, history is just people telling stories.”
— Claire Anderson-Ramos, BookPeople, Austin, TX

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410497475
ISBN-10: 141049747X
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: March 8th, 2017
Pages: 633
Language: English