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January Book Club: Lincoln in the Bardo

January 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for first book club selection of 2018! We are so excited to tackle the wonderful work of George Saunders with his Booker Prize winning book, Lincoln in the Bardo

When: January 16th at 6:30pm
Where: Star Line Books
Who: All Welcome
What: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

About the Book: February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy’s 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 thrilling, supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. 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.

Details

Date:
January 16
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Organizer

Star Line Books

Venue

Star Line Book
1467 Market St., Suite 106
Chattanooga, 37402
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Phone:
(423)777-5629
Website:
starlinebooks.com