‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ is experimental, magic-realism writing. Willy Lincoln, Abe Lincoln’s son is dead, at a time when civil war has just started causing major causalities. Willy Lincoln makes it to the other world, the world between here and the ultimate there, populated by people with still-unfinished business in this world. It is the multiple stories of those people that are interesting – as their stories encompass civil rights and the race divide, the same sex love, and many other issues of that time and today. The writing is superb, the stories engrossing, if too many. It is a little difficult to understand at the beginning , but the story unfolds slowly, draws you in and holds you.