A Death in the Family (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Sep 10, 2008 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Forty years after its original publication, James Agee's last novel seems, more than ever, an American classic. For in his lyrical, sorrowful account of a man's death and its impact on his family, Agee painstakingly created a small world of domestic happiness and then showed how quickly and casually it could be destroyed.

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.

"An utterly individual and original book...one of the most deeply worked out expressions of human feeling that I have ever read."--Alfred Kazin, New York Times Book Review

"It is, in the full sense, poetry....The language of the book, at once luminous and discreet...remains in the mind."--New Republic

"People I know who read A Death in the Family forty years ago still talk about it. So do I. It is a great book, and I'm happy to see it done anew."--Andre Dubus, author of Dancing After Hours and Meditations From A Moveable Chair
  

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User Review  - MSarki - LibraryThing

Pretty good book, but not as good as hyped. Not an easy read mainly because it is written in a style too easy to read. Too much family for me, and I suppose that has the most to do with what I feel is ... Read full review

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Contents

PART
Chapter
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
PART THREE
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17

PART
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

James Agee (1909-1955) was a poet, screenwriter, and journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

STEVE EARLE is a singer-songwriter, actor, activist, and the author of a "Los Angeles Times "Book of the Year, the story collection "Doghouse Roses. "He has released more than a dozen critically acclaimed albums, including the Grammy winners "The Revolution Starts Now, Washington Square Serenade, "and "Townes. "He has appeared on film and television, with celebrated roles in "The Wire "and "Treme. "His album entitled "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive "was produced by T Bone Burnett. He often tours with his wife, singer-songwriter Allison Moorer.

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