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A lesson before dying / Ernest J. Gaines.

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  • 3 of 3 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Greenwood PL - Greenwood GAI (Text) 36626103136727 Large Type Books Available -
Plainfield-Guilford Twp PL - Plainfield L.P. FIC Gaines (Text) 31208911059345 large print Available -
Shelby Co PL - Shelbyville Main Library LP GAI (Text) 78731000442714 Adult Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781410425447 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 1410425444 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: 339 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: Large print ed.
  • Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Kennebec Large Print, 2010.

Content descriptions

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.Ernest J. Gaines brings to this novel the same rich sense of place, the same deep understanding of the human psyche, and the same compassion for a people and their struggle that have unformed his previous, highly praised works of fiction.
Subject: African American men > Fiction.
Death row inmates > Fiction.
Race relations > Fiction.
Louisiana > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Large type books.
Genre: Historical fiction.

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