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Let's discuss LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders
George Saunders, the highly acclaimed short story writer and essayist, has written his first novel upending all expectations of what a novel should be. It is set in 1862. President Lincoln, already tormented by the knowledge that he is responsible for the deaths of thousands of young men on the battlefields of the Civil War, loses his beloved 11-year-old son, Willie, to typhoid. The novel begins in a cemetery near the White House where Willie has been laid to rest. Here, ghosts of the dead, invisible to the living, linger unwilling or unable to relinquish this world for the next. Their conversations and commentary, along with brief contemporary news items, make up most of the book interspersed with descriptions of Lincoln's movements to the gravesite of his dead child. Contrary to what one might expect, the conversations of the dead are concerned with early events and earthly pleasures and provide a humor to counterbalance Lincoln's devastating sorrow. In addition to the being named one of the ten best books of 2017, there is an audio recording of this book with a cast of 166 actors, musicians, George Saunders himself, his family and friends.

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752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd · Chapel Hill, NC


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This is a casual and friendly book club that meets monthly at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. We alternate between fiction and non-fiction selections and choose our books democratically via polls. Book suggestions are always welcome and appreciated! Flyleaf Books offers a 20% discount on books selected for our discussions!

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