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Lions Roar : May 2017
Not the Usual Ghost Story L INCOLN IN THE BARDO, by renowned American short story writer (and Buddhist) George Saunders, is surely the first major novel to use the Tibetan word bardo in the title. The Lincoln who is in the bardo—the realm between death and rebirth—is Abraham and Mary’s son Willie, who has just died in the White House at the age of eleven. The book is a tragic father-and-son story—Abraham lost in grief, Willie lost in a ghostly and confusing realm—told simultaneously from two points of view: the living and the recently dead. I spoke to George Saunders about this unusual and thought-provoking meditation on love, loss, and the very nature of life and death. MELVIN MCLEOD: How did the idea for this story come to you? GEORGE SAUNDERS: Many years ago I was driving with my family on Rock Creek Parkway in Washington, and my wife’s cousin pointed up to a graveyard and said that Lincoln’s son Willie had been buried there during Lincoln’s pres- idency. She described this beautiful, haunting detail—that the newspapers of the time reported that Lincoln was so grief-stricken he’d gone into the crypt on several occasions. We talk to George Saunders about his new novel Lincoln in the Bardo, which blurs the line between the living and the dead. ILLUSTRATIONS BY TARA HARDY LION’S ROAR | MAY 2017 41