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A lesson before dying

Author: Ernest J Gaines
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1994.
Series: Vintage contemporaries
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : English : 1st Vintage contemporaries edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Historical fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ernest J Gaines
ISBN: 9781400077700 1400077702
OCLC Number: 244527235
Notes: Originally published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. New York : Knopf Pub. Group, 2004. Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 634 KB) or Mobipocket Reader (file size: 310 KB).
Description: 1 online resource (256 pages)
Series Title: Vintage contemporaries
Responsibility: Ernest J. Gaines.

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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.

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