A Death in the Family
On a sultry summer night in 1915, Jay Follet leaves his house in Knoxville, Tennessee, to tend to his father, whom he believes is dying. The summons turns out to be a false alarm, but on his way back to his family, Jay has a car accident and is killed instantly. Dancing back and forth in time and braiding the viewpoints of Jay's wife, brother, and young son, Rufus, Agee creates an overwhelmingly powerful novel of innocence, tenderness and loss that should be read aloud for the sheer music of its prose.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
It begins with the 19th Century picture of the child with the smashed drum facing a number of irritated soldiers. The caption relates that the drum was smashed by the French Drummer boy rather than the boy take up a new life drumming for the German soldiers who are fighting Napoleon. The story of how Mossad recruits a sympathizer with the Palestinians and finally uses/betrays her into being part of an-anti-Hezbollah operation. First rate about how it's done in the shadow world of international intrigue. An excellent cautionary tale. Don't read the last half when depressed already.
Review: A Death in the FamilyUser Review - Chrystal - Goodreads
This is not a poorly-written book, only an extremely boring one. I had to force myself to read it because I felt surely there was some redeeming quality in it that would merit its being awarded a ... Read full review