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A DEATH IN THE FAMILY
by James Agee | Read by Lloyd James

Unfolding mostly through the eyes of two children, James Agee’s somber novel recounts a father’s death and its impact on his family. The events of the book move slowly as the story focuses on the emotions and responses of Mary Follet and her two small children, Rufus and Catherine. Lloyd James narrates with a careful cadence, clearly rendering the plot in low tones and making each character distinct. He captures each family member’s cautious restraint, revealing the ever present tension between self-control and emotional outburst. The gravity of James’s tone suits the solemn occasion of the story, making for a thoughtful and conscientious narration. D.M.W. 2013 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine