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A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying

ISBN: 0679455612

Title: A Lesson Before Dying

Author: Ernest J. Gaines

KDL Description:


In a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late 1940’s, Jefferson, a young illiterate black man, is falsely convicted of murder and is sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, the plantation schoolteacher, agrees to talk with the condemned man. The two men forge a bond as they come to understand what it means to resist and defy one’s own fate.

Amazon Description:

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.