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A lesson before dying [GRPL Book Club] / Ernest J. Gaines.

A lesson before dying [GRPL Book Club]

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  • 9 copies at Grand Rapids Public Library

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  • ISBN: 9780375702709 :
  • Physical Description: 256 p. ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1994, c1993.

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Originally published in hardcover by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York, in 1993.
Summary, etc.: "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."--Amazon.com.
Awards Note: Winner of National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.
Subject: African American men > Louisiana > Fiction.
Death row inmates > Luisiana > Fiction.
Friendship > Louisiana > Fiction.
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