A Death in the Family

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Penguin, Sep 1, 2008 - Fiction - 310 pages
25 Reviews
The American classic-now available from Penguin for the first time

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  - 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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User Review  - magicians_nephew - LibraryThing

Just finished reading A Death in the Family James Agee's novel for one of my face to face book groups. Knoxville Tennessee. 1915. Husband and Wife and two small children and their extended family ... Read full review

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James Agee (1909 -1955) is the author of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, the renowned study of Alabama sharecroppers during the Depression. Born in Tennessee, he died two years before the publication of A Death in the Family, his most famous work.

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