A Death in the Family by James Agee

A Death in the FamilyAgee (pronounced Age-ee)’s exquisitely detailed tale of the dynamics and subtle emotions at a time of crisis was an eye-opening view for me into nonconformists of the early 20th century, and into how such people might interact with the mainstream religious people they love. There are no surprises, given the title, and the ending feels inadequate. I also felt that the preacher’s visit was an odd and out of place low-comic punch. But it is one of those classics I had to gobble down.

Reviewed by Teresa

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