Turning Pages Book Discussion: Lincoln in the Bardo

This month, we're reading 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, dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery.  In a 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 as his grieving father keeps vigil over his body. 

Turning Pages is a librarian-led exploration of classic and contemporary fiction and non-fiction from around the world. This wide-ranging group will sample critically acclaimed and prize-winning titles with open and inclusive discussion aimed at engaging readers with the book and with each other. Williamsburg Regional Library will provide copies. Beginning February 19, copies of Lincoln in the Bardo will be available at both libraries. If you can't find a copy of this month's book on the shelves, check with the Adult Services reference desk to find out how to get yours. 

Questions? Call us at 757.259.4050.



Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:00pm


Event Room: 
Youth Services Program Room