LINCOLN IN THE BARDO: A Novel.
New York: Random House, 2017. SIGNED first edition - The author's first novel, winner of the 2018 Man-Booker Prize. "February 1962. The Civil War rages while President Lincoln's 11 year old son is gravely ill; in a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times to hold his boys 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 - called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo. Within this transitional state, where ghosts mingle, gripe, and commiserate, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willies soul." SIGNED on the title page and dated 4-27-17. Includes an interview with Saunders. 349 pp.