A Lesson Before Dying: A Novel
A Lesson Before Dying, is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store shoot out in which three men areákilled; the only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, who left his hometown for the university, has returned to the plantation school to teach. As he struggles with his decision whether to stay or escape to another state, his aunt and Jefferson's godmother persuade him to visit Jefferson in his cell and impart his learning and his pride to Jefferson before his death. In the end, the two men forge a bond as they both come to understand the simple heroism of resisting—and defying—the expected.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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I found this book to be slow reading....poor character development. Annoying repetition. Didn't enjoy it! Kindle 12/25/2014
I love A Lesson Before Dying By Earnest Gaines. I read this book in 8th grade and I found this book truly interesting. I usually dont like stories that take place in older times, but I found myself wanting to read more and more of the book. This book teaches many moral lessons and as a ninth grader I think it is a great book to read. I truly recommend this book to people looking for a great book to read because this book will pull you in on the first page!!! Read this book!!!