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A Lesson before Dying

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A Lesson Before Dying, is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s.
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A Lesson Before Dying, is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s.
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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 are killed; 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. Ernest J. Gaines brings to this novel the same rich sense of place, the same deep understanding of the human psyche, and the same compassion for a people and their struggle that have informed his previous, highly praised works of fiction.

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Shipping Weight 0.4200
Publisher Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
ISBN-13 9780375702709
ISBN-10 0375702709
Product Dimensions 0.58 H x 8 L x 5.18 W
Pages 272
Format Paperback
Publication Date Sep 27, 1997
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Language English
In the Press New York Times
Reading Level 14+
Literacy Programs NEA Big Read Selection
Category Fiction
About the Author

Ernest James Gaines (born January 15, 1933) is an African-American author. His works have been taught in college classrooms and translated into many languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian and Chinese. Four of his works have been made into television movies. His 1993 novel, A Lesson Before Dying, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Gaines has been a MacArthur Foundation fellow, awarded the National Humanities Medal, and inducted into the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) as a Chevalier.

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