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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Ernest J. Gaines wrote a powerful depiction of the injustices of the justice system that unfortunately still occur in our world. There were many lessons Gaines shares with his readers, lessons that are very relevant to adolescents and adults alike. Read full review

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Amazing what you can pick up in charity shops. I had never heard of this book, but the blurb looked interesting. All I can say is what a chilling, brilliant, impossibly sad book this is. Can't believe I had never heard about it. 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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