A Long Day’s Dying (1950)
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