A Lesson Before Dying

A Novel

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Trade Paperback


Trade Paperback

This item is a preorder. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around September 28, 1997. This date is subject to change due to shipping delays beyond our control.

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

On Sale
Sep 28, 1997
Page Count
272 pages