Top 5 Wednesday is hosted over at this goodreads group, and involves, obviously, listing the top five… something. This week’s topic is books without romance, which turned out to be a lot harder than I thought it would be. Though, granted, I thoroughly enjoy a good (or even a super cheesy) romance, so that might have contributed to my difficulty. But without further ado, here goes. (more…)
George Saunders’s critically-acclaimed first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, is the story Abraham Lincoln’s recently deceased son, Willie, and the events that preceded and followed his death. Set primarily in the graveyard in which Willie is buried, this novel is told from the perspective of multiple other people, some real and some fictional, some alive and some dead, with very few pages of Willie’s own perspective. It is the story of a grieving man, a loyal son, and some hopelessly obstinate ghosts.
Slight spoilers ahead. (more…)