- A signed first edition of Lincoln in the Bardo in a custom slipcase exclusive to Indiespensable
- A collectible booklet featuring the Powells.com interview and Indiespensable Q&A with George Saunders
- Other surprises!
George Saunders’s writing has always been apropos of the current political and social climate, and though his theatrical debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, is set in 1862, the modern-day parallels (and contrasts) are striking. The novel portrays a critical time in the life of Abraham Lincoln, who is deep in grief over the death of his son, Willie Lincoln. Disliked by the populace and presiding over a dramatically shifting country, Lincoln finds himself visiting the bardo — a Tibetan purgatory-like state — each night by returning to his son’s tomb while a gaggle of ghosts (including Willie) look on. Told through this chorus of spirits along with real-life and fictional characters, Lincoln in the Bardo turns our idea of the novel on its head. Yet through the fractured narrative, Saunders has created a deft historical tale that speaks volumes about our current unrest and ill-defined state. It is with great pleasure that we announce Lincoln in the Bardo as our pick for Volume 65 of Indiespensable.
"A boldly imagined, exquisitely sensitive, sharply funny, and utterly unnerving historical and metaphysical drama." — Booklist (Starred Review)
"Short-story virtuoso Saunders' (Tenth of December, 2013, etc.) first novel is an exhilarating change of pace…. With this book, Saunders asserts a complex and disturbing vision in which society and cosmos blur." — Kirkus Reviews
"A stunningly powerful work, both in its imagery and its intense focus on death, this remarkable work of historical fiction gives an intimate view of 19th-century fears and mores through the voices of the bardo's denizens." — Library Journal