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Mr. Lincoln's Wars: A Novel in Thirteen Stories

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ISBN13: 9780060081188
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Mr. Lincoln's Wars marks the emergence of a remarkably gifted writer. In this wildly inventive, highly ambitious collection, Adam Braver explores Abraham Lincoln's inner life and personal turmoils — while also reflecting on the indelible impact Lincoln had on the nation during the last year of his presidency.

Writing with lyrical yet muscular prose, Braver brings Abraham Lincoln to life, not just as the strong and resilient president of history books, but as a griefstricken father, heartbroken over the loss of his young son. Narrated from the multiple perspectives of Abraham Lincoln and those whose lives he touched, Mr. Lincoln's Wars shows a president who is distraught over his inability to keep his country from destroying itself through civil war and a man who is fighting inner demons during a time of great crisis.

Across a rich canvas of truth and imagination, Mr. Lincoln's Wars reveals the president in his darkest hours within the White House walls. We see Lincoln as he explores the meaning of loss through a chance encounter with the father of a slain soldier. And a goodhearted young Union soldier is quickly turned into a killer in the name of President Lincoln. Finally, there is the assassination and the autopsy, as seen through the eyes of John Wilkes Booth, Mary Lincoln, the assistant surgeon general, and one of Lincoln's closest friends.

Brilliant in its depiction of the country during the waning days of the war, the book is an insightful and moving exploration of the myth of celebrity and the passions it arouses. More than anything, however, Mr. Lincoln's Wars introduces a talented new writer whose storytelling ability knows no bounds.

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Narrated from the multiple perspectives of Abraham Lincoln and those whose lives he touched, this highly ambitious, contemporary collection of 13 stories interweaves fact and fiction to probe the darker, more human side of the 16th president — a leader and man plagued not only by the raging Civil War but also by his own personal grief over the death of his young son.

Adam Braver brings to light the many sides of this complex man, imagining how Lincoln explored the meaning of loss with the father of a slain soldier; envisioning his assassination and autopsy through the eyes of John Wilkes Booth, Mary Todd Lincoln, and others; and demonstrating his effect on the nation's citizenry, showing how a good-hearted, young Union soldier is quickly turned into a killer in the name of the moral president.

Blending rich characterization, deep research, and a modern style, this luminous new work introduces a fresh talent with extraordinary storytelling power.

About the Author

Adam Braver has an MFA from Goddard College. His stories have been published in the Cimarron Review and Pittsburgh Quarterly. He lives with his wife and son in Durham, North Carolina. This is his first book.

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i8pixistix, October 20, 2008 (view all comments by i8pixistix)
All the stories in this book, steeped in historical context, are interesting little vignettes into conversations, feelings and emotions that may have taken place with or in regards to Abraham Lincoln. Two of my favorites were The Undertaker's Assistant and The Ward.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060081188
Subtitle:
A Novel in Thirteen Stories
Author:
Braver, Adam
Publisher:
William Morrow
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction, American
Subject:
War stories, American
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
107-116
Publication Date:
20030107
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.40x5.46x1.21 in. 1.01 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Narrated from the multiple perspectives of Abraham Lincoln and those whose lives he touched, this highly ambitious, contemporary collection of 13 stories interweaves fact and fiction to probe the darker, more human side of the 16th president — a leader and man plagued not only by the raging Civil War but also by his own personal grief over the death of his young son.

Adam Braver brings to light the many sides of this complex man, imagining how Lincoln explored the meaning of loss with the father of a slain soldier; envisioning his assassination and autopsy through the eyes of John Wilkes Booth, Mary Todd Lincoln, and others; and demonstrating his effect on the nation's citizenry, showing how a good-hearted, young Union soldier is quickly turned into a killer in the name of the moral president.

Blending rich characterization, deep research, and a modern style, this luminous new work introduces a fresh talent with extraordinary storytelling power.

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