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.
As Jay Follet hurries back to his home in Knoxville, Tennessee, he is killed in a car accident – a tragedy that destroys not only a life, but also the domestic happiness and contentment of a young family.
Winner of the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
“The work of a writer whose power with English words can make you gasp.” Alfred Kazin, The 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.” The New Republic
“Wonderfully alive.” The New Yorker