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A Death in the Family (1957)

Written by James Agee

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. 

On a sultry summer night in 1915, Jay Follet leaves his house in Knoxville, Tennessee, to tend to his father, who 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 overwhelming innocence, tenderness, and loss that should be read for the sheer music of its prose.

A novel of great courage, lyric force, and powerful emotion, A Death in the Family is a masterpiece of American literature. (Copyright © Penguin Books. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Penguin Random House Company.

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