By Sophia Whitfield
The first novel from Folio Prize-winning George Saunders is about beloved President Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War. The novel unfolds over a single night on 22 February 1862.
Willieís mother, Mary Lincoln, is too devastated to attend his funeral and instead remains in bed.
Willie is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body.
Saunders is a Buddhist and his reference to the bardo is the transitional state between life and death in Tibetan Buddhism. Willie finds himself in transition; certain that his father would like him to remain close by. In this ghostly transition Willie is surrounded by other restless souls.
As Abraham Lincoln grieves his sonís death, the country he serves begins to doubt his ability to deal with the Civil War.
Lincoln in the Bardo is a fascinating read, one that stays with you long after you have turned the final page.
Helene Young lives aboard a catamaran moored near the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea. She shares her sailing adventures with her husband and their dog, Zeus. Her work...On July 14, 2013
[caption id="attachment_8779" align="alignright" width="205"] The Fever by Megan AbbottOn June 30, 2014
Jared Leto is to take on the role of American pop artist Andy Warhol in a film titled Warhol.On September 21, 2016
To celebrate 110 years of Peter Rabbit, Emma Thompson has penned The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit as homage to the author, Beatrix Potter.On August 29, 2012
Eight books your foodie friend will thank you for.On December 22, 2015
Tippi Hedren, one of the biggest names of classic Hollywood and star of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Marnie, tells her story of abuse at the hands of controlling director...On November 2, 2016