It's only February and the book of 2017 has arrived! Exalted by critics, "Lincoln in the Bardo" by MacArthur Genius Award winner George Saunders, is sure to captivate and enrich all of us who love great literature. As David Ulin put it in his recent glowing review of the novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo is remarkable; let's get that out of the way first."
The structure of this remarkable novel is a kind of oral history - a collage built from a series of testimonies, some delivered from the novel's characters and some drawn from historical sources. The narrator becomes a curator of sorts, who arranges this kaleidoscope of voices into a stirring and emotional linear story. Unfolding over one night in a graveyard in Washington D.C., the novel (George Saunders' first) tells a story about a father's grief over the loss of his son and its effect on the country that he serves. Lincoln is, of course, our former President whose son Willie died of typhus at the age of 11 in 1862.
The novel's deep emotional resonance, historical context and innovative structure deserve a close and nuanced reading. We hope you can join us on this special adventure.
DATES: 2 THURSDAY MORNINGS April 13, 20 at 10:00
WHERE: Pasadena Address Forwarded Upon Enrollment
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