The Happy Bookers is Phillipsburg Library’s monthly book discussion group. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome and no registration is required! Call the library at 908-454-3712 for more information.
Wednesday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Lincoln at the Bardo
by George Saunders
In the debut novel by short-story writer George Saunders, 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. (Publisher’s website)