A Gathering of Old Men

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Vintage Books, 1992 - Fiction - 213 pages
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Set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation in the 1970s, A Gathering of Old Men is a powerful depiction of racial tensions arising over the death of a Cajun farmer at the hands of a black man.

"Poignant, powerful, earthy...a novel of Southern racial confrontation in which a group of elderly black men band together against whites who seek vengeance for the murder of one of their own."--Booklist

"A fine novel...there is a denouement that will shock and move readers as much as it does the characters."--Philadelphia Inquirer

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User Review  - addunn3 - LibraryThing

A killing on a former plantation brings out courage in a gathering of old, former sharecroppers. Interesting style as the author flits from one person to another telling bits of the story. Read full review

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User Review  - Whisper1 - LibraryThing

Destined to be one of my top reads for 2012, this is a powerful tale of the deep south and the terrible bigotry that existed in the 1970's. When a son of the local, powerful white racist is killed, it ... Read full review

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About the author (1992)

Ernest Gaines was born on a plantation in Pointe Coup e Parish near New Roads, Louisiana, which is the Bayonne of all his fictional works. He is writer-in-residence emeritus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 1993 Gaines received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for his lifetime achievements. In 1996 he was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of France's highest decorations. He and his wife, Dianne, live in Oscar, Louisiana.

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