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A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying

ISBN: 9780679455615

Title: A Lesson Before Dying

Author: Ernest J. Gaines

KDL Description:

September 1997
In 1948 Louisiana, a young teacher is asked to impart some of his own pride and learning to a young black man awaiting execution, only to come face to face with his own cynicism and hopelessness.

Amazon Description:

Set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s, A Lesson Before Dying is an “enormously moving” (Los Angeles Times) novel of one man condemned to die for a crime he did not commit and a young man who visits him in his cell. In the end, the two men forge a bond as they both come to understand the simple heroism of resisting—and defying—the expected.