October 1, 1997
October 1, 1997
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.
In this story of injustice and redemption set in rural Louisiana during the late 1940s, Grant Wiggins, a backwoods schoolmaster, is asked visit a young black prisoner on death row. Jefferson, the prisoner, was falsely accused and convicted of murder and is sentenced to hang, and Wiggins's job, once he realizes the impossibility of overturning the verdict, is to prepare the boy for death. Although, as a nonbeliever, Wiggins at first finds himself in competition with the minister for the boy's attention, he eventually comes to see that the cultivation of any instinct of love--human or religious--is the essence of salvation, both for Jefferson and himself. Ernest J. Gaines's morally wrenching novel has become a classic of American literature.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: General, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Peoples + Cultures, Types of Characters, Stages of Life, Human Qualities + Behavior, Settings, Conflicts + Dualities, Education, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Society + Social Issues
- Language: English
- Author: Ernest J. Gaines , Ernest Gaines
- Online Item #: 12004115
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-32-4508
- ISBN: 9780375702709
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported