The novel takes place during and after the death of Abraham Lincoln's son William "Willie" Wallace Lincoln and deals with the president's grief at his loss. The bulk of the novel, which takes place over the course of a single evening, is set in the bardo—an intermediate space between life and rebirth.
Saunders is better known for his short stories, but he also writes reports, occasional essays, novellas, children's books, and novels. A professor at Syracuse University, he won the National Magazine Award for fiction in 1994, 1996, 2000, and 2004, and second prize in the O. Henry Awards in 1997.
‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ in Persian has been published in 376 pages and 1000 copies.