A Death in the Family Author:James Agee There may or may not be The Great Amemrican Novel. If, however, there is one, A DEATH IN THE FAMILY must be considered. It is about things uniquely American. It is about people who lie under the stars at night thinking of the goodness of life, who visit dearly loved relatives, who laugh at the antics of Charlie Chaplin, and who suffer intensely... more » in the personal tragedy of a death which touches a community. It is about Jay Follett, a loving husband and father, whose son Rufus barely discerns a terrible loss, and a wife whose hopes are dashed in a tragic accident. Moreover-and this is James Agee's greatest triumph-it is a book to be imprinted forever in one's memory. The Saturday Review expressed it this way: "There is nothing quite like the excitement of coming upon a book and suddenly having it explode at you and fill you with wonder. Such a book is A DEATH IN THE FAMILY."« less
I've always loved reading and writing and hated literature classes. A Death in the Family was assigned in one of those classes and is the only book I remember. It is an amazing, thought-provoking and poignant classic.