A Lesson Before Dying
Title: A Lesson Before Dying
Author: Ernest J. Gaines
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.
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.