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 was a moving and sad story of a black man who was falsely accused of murder and the bond that thrive between a teacher and a dead man walking. The premise of the story was good, but i did not ... Read full review

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I feel I'm meant to like this more than I did. I didn't really understand how the change happened in both the main characters. 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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