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West Branch Fiction Book Discussion

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

2022-09-29 18:30:00 2022-09-29 19:30:00 America/Chicago West Branch Fiction Book Discussion West Branch's monthly hybrid fiction book discussion. For September, we're reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. West Branch - ASD West Zoom Room, Meeting Room

Thursday, September 29
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 2022-09-29 18:30:00 2022-09-29 19:30:00 America/Chicago West Branch Fiction Book Discussion West Branch's monthly hybrid fiction book discussion. For September, we're reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. West Branch - ASD West Zoom Room, Meeting Room

West Branch

ASD West Zoom Room, Meeting Room

West Branch's monthly hybrid fiction book discussion. For September, we're reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

Join us for West Branch's monthly book discussion group! We read a variety of contemporary fiction and non-fiction and meet once a month for a thought-provoking conversation.

Please register for in-person, as seating is limited. Contact discussion facilitator Dani Linn at dtlinn@aurorapubliclibrary.org for more information or for a Zoom link to join us virtually if you're new to the group.

Ask at the West Branch Circulation Desk for print copies; your copy will be on the hold shelf if you're registered.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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.

AGE GROUP: | Adults - ages 19+ |

EVENT TYPE: | Reading and Literacy | General Interest |

TAGS: | Book Club |

West Branch

Phone: 630-264-4117
Fax: 630-844-8695
Branch manager
Scott Grotto

Hours
Mon, Sep 26 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Sep 27 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Sep 28 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Sep 29 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Sep 30 9:00AM to 5:00PM
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About the branch

This branch is connected to Washington Middle School and known for its creative displays and programs for adults. Complete with three study rooms and two conference rooms.

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