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Read Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. From the seed of historical truth that is the death of President Lincoln's beloved 11-year-old son Willie, Saunders spins a story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state — called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo — a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.
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