Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:9.51in x 6.56 x 1.17 in | 1.38 lb
Page Count:368 pages
FIRST NOVEL BY GEORGE SAUNDERS: For years, George Saunders has been asked: When will you write a novel? Now, at last, we have an answer to that question.
EXTENSIVE NATIONAL MEDIA APPEARANCES AND COVERAGE: In the four years George has been with Random House, he has appeared on The Colbert Report, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS Sunday Morning, multiple NPR shows, the cover of the New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World issue, TheNew York Times 10 Best Books of the Year list, Morning Joe, and on and on.
BESTSELLING TRACK RECORD: George has had two New York Times bestsellers in four years, Tenth of December (almost 400K sold) and Congratulations, by the way (over 65k sold). The success of these books has broadened his base of readers, driven sales of his previous books, and put us on track to expand his audience even more.
REISSUE OF CIVILWARLAND IN BAD DECLINE, SAUNDERS’ FIRST COLELCTION, WILL BE PUBISHED IN APRIL 2016
FASCINATING BLEND OF FACT AND FICTION: Lincoln in the Bardo begins in a place of historical truth - Abraham Lincoln, in 1862, at the dawn of the Civil War, dealing with the death of his oldest son - and then turns into something only George Saunders can pull off: a ghost story that has profound things to say about love, loss, and mortality.
A BOOKSELLER FAVORITE: Tenth of December - as well as Congratulations by the way - owe so much of their success to the love and support of the bookselling community.
SET OVER THE COURSE OF A SINGLE NIGHT
INSPIRED BY STORY OF LINCOLN’S GRIEF: Saunders has been researching the story of Willie’s death for over a decade since he first heard about Lincoln returning to his son’s crypt
THE TERM “BARDO” COMES FROM TIBETAN BUDDHISM, and refers to the state of existence of the soul between two lives on earth, or it can metaphorically refer a time when one’s usual way of life becomes suspended.
“George Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time.”—Khaled Hosseini
“No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised.”—Michiko Kakutani,The New York Times
“A luminous feat of generosity and humanism.”—Colson Whitehead, The New York Times Book Review
“Grief guts us all, but rarely has it been elucidated with such nuance and brilliance as in Saunders’s Civil War phantasmagoria. Heartrending yet somehow hilarious, Saunders’s zinger of an allegory holds a mirror to our perilous current moment.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“An extended national ghost story…As anyone who knows Saunders’s work would expect, his first novel is a strikingly original production.”—The Washington Post
“Saunders’s beautifully realized portrait of Lincoln…attests to the author’s own fruitful transition from the short story to the long-distance form of the novel.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“Profound, funny and vital…the work of a great writer.”—Chicago Tribune
“Heartbreaking and hilarious…For all its divine comedy, Lincoln in the Bardo is also deep and moving.”—USA Today
“Along with the wonderfully bizarre, empathy abounds in Lincoln in the Bardo.”—Time
“There are moments that are almost transcendentally beautiful, that will come back to you on the edge of sleep. And it is told in beautifully realized voices, rolling out with precision or with stream-of-consciousness drawl.”—NPR
“Lincoln in the Bardo is part historical novel, part carnivalesque phantasmagoria. It may well be the most strange and brilliant book you’ll read this year.”—Financial Times
“A masterpiece.”—Zadie Smith
“Ingenious…Saunders—well on his way toward becoming a twenty-first-century Twain—crafts an American patchwork of love and loss, giving shape to our foundational sorrows.”—Vogue
“Saunders is the most humane American writer working today.”—Harper’s Magazine
“The novel beats with a present-day urgency—a nation at war with itself, the unbearable grief of a father who has lost a child, and a howling congregation of ghosts, as divided in death as in life, unwilling to move on.”—Vanity Fair
“A brilliant, Buddhist reimagining of an American story of great loss and great love…Saunders has written an unsentimental novel of Shakespearean proportions, gorgeously stuffed with tragic characters, bawdy humor, terrifying visions, throat-catching tenderness, and a galloping narrative, all twined around the luminous cord connecting a father and son and backlit by a nation engulfed in fire.”—Elle
“Wildly imaginative.”—Marie Claire
“Mesmerizing…Dantesque…A haunting American ballad.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Exhilarating…Ruthless and relentless in its evocation not only of Lincoln and his quandary, but also of the tenuous existential state shared by all of us.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“It’s unlike anything you’ve ever read, except that the grotesque humor, pathos, and, ultimately, human kindness at its core mark it as a work that could come only from Saunders.”—The National