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 - 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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