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A Lesson Before Dying - (Vintage Contemporaries) by Ernest J Gaines (Paperback)

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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. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.



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NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER - 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.

"An instant classic." --Chicago Tribune

A "majestic, moving novel...an instant classic, a book that will be read, discussed and taught beyond the rest of our lives" (Chicago Tribune), from the critically acclaimed author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

"A Lesson Before Dying reconfirms Ernest J. Gaines's position as an important American writer." --Boston Globe

"Enormously moving.... Gaines unerringly evokes the place and time about which he writes." --Los Angeles Times

"A quietly moving novel [that] takes us back to a place we've been before to impart a lesson for living." --San Francisco Chronicle



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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

"A Lesson Before Dying reconfirms Ernest J. Gaines's position as an important American writer." --Boston Globe

"Enormously moving. . . . Gaines unerringly evokes the place and time about which he writes." --Los Angeles Times

"A quietly moving novel [that] takes us back to a place we've been before to impart a lesson for living." --San Francisco Chronicle




About the Author



ERNEST GAINES was born on a plantation in Pointe Coupée Parish near New Roads, Louisiana, which is the Bayonne of all his fictional works. He is writer-in-residence emeritus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 1993 Gaines received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for his lifetime achievements. In 1996 he was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of France's highest decorations. He and his wife, Dianne, live in Oscar, Louisiana.
Dimensions (Overall): 7.9 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x .7 Inches (D)
Weight: .45 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 272
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Series Title: Vintage Contemporaries
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Author: Ernest J Gaines
Language: English
Street Date: September 28, 1997
TCIN: 12004115
UPC: 9780375702709
Item Number (DPCI): 248-32-4508
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.7 inches length x 5.2 inches width x 7.9 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.45 pounds
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