After President Lincoln's son Willie passed away, it is historically documented that the president spent a significant amount of time at Willie's grave. George Saunders took this piece of historical knowledge and ran with it in a beautiful and entirely unique way. Part historical fiction (with real and make believe annotations), and part fantastical retelling of the afterlife. Often abrasive characters from all walks of life, are stuck together in limbo, choosing to struggle through a mysterious earth with unnatural bodies for fear of moving on to their ultimate destination. Gritty, thought-provoking, and overall lovely.
A long-awaited first novel by the author of Tenth of December traces a night of solitary mourning and reflection as experienced by the 16th President after the death of his 11-year-old son at the dawn of the Civil War. Reprint. A #1 New York Times best-seller and winner of the Man Booker Prize.