A Death in the Family
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By James Agee

fiction | 320 pages | Published in 2008

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. "An utterly individual and original book...one of the most deeply worked out expressions of human feeling that I have ever read."--Alfred Kazin, New York Times Book Review "It is, in the full sense, poetry....The language of the book, at once luminous and discreet...remains in the mind."--New Republic "People I know who read A Death in the Family forty years ago still talk about it. So do I. It is a great book, and I'm happy to see it done anew."--Andre Dubus, author of Dancing After Hours and Meditations From A Moveable Chair

ISBN_13:9781440641794
ISBN_10:144064179X

Quotes

In the midst of death, we are reminded of the fragility of life.

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Loss is not something we ever truly get over; rather, we learn to carry it with us.

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Memories are the bittersweet remnants of those we have lost.

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Sometimes, the greatest strength comes from facing our deepest pain.

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Time may heal wounds, but it can never erase the scars of loss.

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When someone we love dies, a part of us dies with them.

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In times of sorrow, it is the love and support of others that carries us through.

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The pain of losing someone never truly goes away, but it does become more bearable with time.

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There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.

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Life is fragile, handle with care.

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