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A Lesson Before Dying

A Novel

Ernest J. Gaines

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Description

A Lesson Before Dying, is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s.  Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store shoot out in which three men are killed; the only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death.  Grant Wiggins, who left his hometown for the university, has returned to the plantation school to teach.  As he struggles with his decision whether to stay or escape to another state, his aunt and Jefferson's godmother persuade him to visit Jefferson in his cell and impart his learning and his pride to Jefferson before his death.  In the end, the two men forge a bond as they both come to understand the simple heroism of resisting—and defying—the expected.

Ernest J. Gaines brings to this novel the same rich sense of place, the same deep understanding of the human psyche, and the same compassion for a people and their struggle that have unformed his previous, highly praised works of fiction.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Publishers Weekly Review

May 02, 1994 – Gaines's NBCC Award-winning novel tells of the relationship forged between a young black man on death row and his teacher in 1940s Louisiana.

Customer Reviews

A Must Read!

It's one of those books that will challenge your views, beliefs and ideals...in a good way.

It's one of those books that you will revisit one day and bring back memories of years past.

Read it and you'll know.

A Lesson Before Dying

Great story, really loved the different characters.

Book

The book is very hard I have to read it for school it's a little boring but it gets better

A Lesson Before Dying
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: African American
  • Published: Mar 23, 1993
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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