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A Lesson Before Dying

by Ernest J. Gaines


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"This majestic, moving novel is an instant classic, a book that will be read, discussed and taught beyond the rest of our lives."—Chicago Tribune

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, A Lesson Before Dying is a deep and compassionate novel about a young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to visit a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting.
From the critically acclaimed author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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Ernest J. Gaines (Author)

Ernest J. Gaines was born on a plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish, near New Roads, Louisiana, which is the Bayonne of all his fictional works. His previous books include A Gathering of Old Men, In My Father's House, A Long Day in November, The Au...

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