A Lesson Before Dying: A Novel (Google eBook)
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: A Lesson Before DyingUser Review - Paige - Goodreads
Through the eyes of a dissatisfied teacher begrudgingly enlisted to cultivate pride in a youth sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit, Ernest Gaines tells a powerful story of black ... Read full review
Review: A Lesson Before DyingUser Review - Shaun - Goodreads
This is the second book I've read by Gaines, the first being A Gathering of Old Men, and I'm pleased to say that I found both to be quite good reads. The story, which is told in simple and understated ... Read full review