Thursday Book Group: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Date & Time: 
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Location(s): 
Alicia Ashman Library
733 N. High Point Rd
Madison, WI

Join in a book discussion of Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Lincoln in the Bardo is hilariously funny, horribly sad, and utterly surprising. If you can fight past an initial uncertainty about the identity of its narrators, you may find that it’s the best thing you’ve read in years. The year is 1862. President Lincoln, already tormented by the knowledge that he’s responsible for the deaths of thousands of young men on the battlefields of the Civil War, loses his beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, to typhoid. The plot begins after Willie is laid to rest in a cemetery near the White House, where, invisible to the living, ghosts linger, unwilling to relinquish this world for the next. Their bantering conversation, much of it concerned with earthly -- and earthy – pleasures, counterbalances Lincoln’s abject sorrow.

Event Cost: Free
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Pre-Registration?: No
American Sign Language (ASL) Provided?: Yes

Last Updated : 03/25/2018