A Lesson Before Dying: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 28, 1997 - Fiction - 272 pages
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From the author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman comes a deep and compassionate novel. A young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting.

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Great character development, absolutely great writing. - LibraryThing
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It delves into self-image and how even one person around us can really make a difference in someone else's life. Jefferson, a black man, is falsely convicted of ... Read full review

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When a young black man is inadvertently caught up in a liquor store robbery gone terribly wrong in 1940's Louisiana, he is summarily convicted of murder by an all-white jury, and sentenced to death by ... Read full review



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Ernest J. Gaines was born on a plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish, near New Roads, Louisiana, which is the Bayonne of all his fictional works.  His previous books include A Gathering of Old Men, In My Father's House, A Long Day in November, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Bloodline, Of Love and Dust, and Catherine Carmier. He divides his time between San Francisco and the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, where he is writer-in-residence.

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