A Long Day’s Dying (1950)

Book Description

A Long Day's Dying is a highly-acclaimed mid-twentieth-century Jamesian novel that foreshadows many of the themes in Mr. Buechner's later writing—faith, trust, and the complex relations of family and friends. The story follows Tristram Bone, a rotund man of wealth and “organized leisure” but a failure with women, and Elizabeth Poor, a rich, charming, and beautiful widow and Bone's unrequited love interest, through a series of encounters with friends and family, affairs real and imagined, gossip, jealousy, and innuendo. We also meet Bone's servant Emma and his pet monkey Simon; the novelist George Motley; the arrogant and seductive academic Paul Steitler, Elizabeth's naïve son Lee, and her omniscient mother Maroo.


“Written with remarkable virtuosity.”
Saturday Review of Literature

“A study in nuance of character and atmosphere, this is delicately oriented and finely drawn.”
Kirkus Reviews

A Long Day’s Dying is full of questions as to how a life might be lived.”
— W. Dale Brown