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You're Gonna Need a Bigger Book Club

Welcome to Bunch of Grapes' new book club!

Bunch of Grapes will be holding its second meeting on November 19 at 4pm!
book# 1 is Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward - Oct. 22
book #2 is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders - Nov. 19
book #3 is In the Distance by Hernan Diaz - December 17
book #4 is The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
book #5 is The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
book #6 is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
About book #2:
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, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into 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.

Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?
About the Author:
George Saunders is the author of eight books, including the story collections Pastoralia and Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and was included in Time’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.
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Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501126079
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2018

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812985405
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 6th, 2018

In the Distance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566894883
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017

The Power and the Glory Cover Image
By Graham Greene, John Updike (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143107552
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 24th, 2015

The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812982626
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 7th, 2012

The God of Small Things: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812979657
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - December 16th, 2008