The book is narrated by 15 various personalities over 59 chapters. It is the tale of the death of Addie Bundren and her inadequate, country family members’s quest and also inspirations– worthy or self-centered– to recognize her desire to be buried in her home town of Jefferson, Mississippi.
As the book opens up, Addie is alive, though in sick health. Addie and also others expect her to pass away soon, and she rests at a window enjoying as her firstborn, Money, develops her casket. Anse, Addie’s spouse, waits on the porch, while their little girl, Dewey Dell, fans her mother in the July heat. The night after Addie dies a hefty rainstorm embed in; rivers increase as well as wash out bridges the family members will require to go across to get to Jefferson.
The family members’s trip by wagon begins, with Addie’s non-embalmed body in the casket. Along the road, Anse and also the five kids run into various problems. Anse often declines any type of deals of assistance, including dishes or lodging, so sometimes the family goes starving and rests in barns. At other times he contradicts lendings from people, declaring he wants to “be beholden to no guy”, hence adjusting the would-be-lender right into providing him charity as a present not to be settled.
Jewel, Addie’s middle kid, tries to leave his dysfunctional family members after Anse offers Gem’s a lot of prized possession, his equine, yet can not turn his back on them through the trials. Cash money breaks a leg and winds up riding atop the casket. He declines to confess to any discomfort, but the family members eventually places a makeshift cast of concrete on his leg. Twice, the family members virtually loses Addie’s coffin– first, while crossing a river on a washed-out bridge (2 mules are shed), as well as second, when a fire of questionable origin, begins in the barn where the coffin is being kept for a night.
After 9 days, the family lastly gets here in Jefferson, where the stink from the coffin is swiftly scented by the townspeople. In the area, relative have various things of service to take care of. Money’s broken leg needs focus. Dewey Dell, for the second time in the novel, mosts likely to a pharmacy, trying to obtain an abortion that she does not know exactly how to request for. Initially, though, Anse intends to borrow some shovels to hide Addie, since that was the objective of the trip as well as the family members should be together for that. Prior to that happens, however, Darl, the second eldest, is taken for the arson of the barn as well as sent out to the Mississippi State Insane Asylum in Jackson.  With Addie only just buried, Anse pressures Dewey Dell to surrender her money given to her by Lafe (the man who obtained her pregnant) for an abortion, which he spends on obtaining “brand-new teeth”, and marries the female from whom he borrowed the spades.
As are many of Faulkner’s works, the tale is embeded in Yoknapatawpha Region, Mississippi, which Faulkner described as “my apocryphal region”, a fictional rendition of the writer’s home of Lafayette Region in the same state.