Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do... George Saunders's first novel focuses on the death of Abraham Lincoln's son Willie. Despite its highly original conceit it's his most straightforward fiction.
Photo: David Levenson/Getty Images. The 2013 publication of Tenth of December, George Saunders's fourth collection of loopy satirical stories about consumerism, compassion, dystopian theme parks, and American failures, was hailed as the apotheosis of his art. Lincoln in the Bardo is the first novel from Saunders, a celebrated short story writer.