A Death in the Family (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Sep 10, 2008 - Fiction - 320 pages
12 Reviews
The classic American novel, re-published for the 100th anniversary of James Agee?s birth

Published in 1957, two years after its author?s death at the age of forty-five, A Death in the Family remains a near-perfect work of art, an autobiographical novel that contains one of the most evocative depictions of loss and grief ever written. As Jay Follet hurries back to his home in Knoxville, Tennessee, he is killed in a car accident?a tragedy that destroys not only a life, but also the domestic happiness and contentment of a young family. A novel of great courage, lyric force, and powerful emotion, A Death in the Family is a masterpiece of American literature.


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User Review  - Larry Bassett - Goodreads

This book starts out gentle and familiar with the description of a father and young son at the movie house watching Charlie Chaplin. It is a silent film of course and the words not spoken are acted ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nathan Togstad - Goodreads

A Death in the family is a book about how a family would cope with the loss of a loved one. Jay was a man that worked hard and loved his family. He and His Wife had one son, Rufus. When Ralph told him ... Read full review


Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19

Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 20

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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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