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A Lesson Before Dying
Gaines, Ernest J.
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Format: Paperback, 272pp.
Date of publication: Sep 1997
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN-13: 9780375702709
Dimensions: 20.07 cm. (length) X 12.95 cm. (width) X 1.78 cm. (thickness)
Weight: 204 grams
This book was a nominee, honoree, or winner of:
National Book Critics Circle Award

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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. [Edit review] [Delete review]
I was not there, yet I was there. No, I did not go to the trial, I did not hear the verdict, because I knew all the time what it would be. Still, I was there. I was there as much as anyone else was there. Either I sat behind my aunt and his godmother or I sat beside them. Both are large women, but his godmother is larger. She is of average height, five four, five five, but weighs nearly two hundred pounds. Once she and my aunt had found their places--two rows behind the table where he sat with his court-appointed attorney--his godmother became as immobile as a great stone or as one of our oak or cypress stumps. She never got up once to get water or go to the bathroom down in the basement. She just sat there staring at the boy's clean-cropped head where he sat at the front table with his lawyer. Even after he had gone to await the jurors' verdict, her eyes remained in that one direction. She heard nothing said in the courtroom. Not by the prosecutor, not by the defense attorney, not... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]
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