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A death in the family

by Agee, James, 1909-1955.

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Moon Township Public Library Fiction F AGEE James
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  F AGEE James
Shaler North Hills Library Fiction AGEE
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  AGEE
South Park Library Classics CLASSICS AGE
Location  South Park Library
Collection  Classics

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.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Agee's classic novel, posthumously published after his death at the age of 45, is considered one of the great American novels of childhood and domestic life, as well as a marvel of Southern literature. The book chronicles the effect of the un-expected death of Jay Follet-who is killed in a car accident after visiting his father-on his wife, son, and brother. Lloyd James narrates gently, kindly, as if wanting to not disturb the mourners in their grief. He tiptoes through the book, confident that his polite, soft reading best suits Agee's bittersweet story. James's words echo across the gaps between sentences and paragraph, and he uses pauses wisely, knowing that Agee's prose resonates in the steadily accumulating drizzle of emotion. There is no need to oversell; the book's rhythms dictate the tone of its narration. A Penguin Classics paperback. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Fathers -- Death -- Fiction.
Parents -- Death -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Death -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Vintage Books,1998
Edition 1st Vintage International ed.
Language English
Description ix, 310 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 0375701230
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