US author George Saunders favorite to win Man Booker Prize

LONDON — American author George Saunders is favored to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with his novel of the afterlife, "Lincoln in the Bardo," according to British bookmakers.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes and William Hill made Saunders the front-runner among six finalists announced Wednesday for the 50,000-pound ($66,000) prize. His novel is set in a Washington graveyard, where President Abraham Lincoln visits the body of his 11-year-old son in 1862.

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