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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This is one of the most powerful book I have ever read. It is very poignant in its narration, with a unique point of view. The plot resonates with the happenings of today in the United States, no ... Read full review

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Not bad. The librarian at school raved about it so I read it. Kind of like a cut rate Kill a Mockingbird. Has some good passages. Nicely moral without being too preachy, but still a bit preachy. Readable. 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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