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 theme and purpose but the beginning was very slow. As the end neared, it gradually got more exciting and climatic. Read full review

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Adrianna Porcaro Ms. Lentino Psychology and Literature September 8th, 2015 A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines has taught me a lesson I needed to learn before I die. This book has taught me the ... Read full review



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About the author (1997)

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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