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A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest J. Gaines

A Lesson Before Dying

By Ernest J. Gaines

  • Release Date: 1993-03-23
  • Genre: African American
Score: 4.5
From 473 Ratings


“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

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, A Lesson Before Dying is 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.

From the critically acclaimed author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.


  • Great book!

    By Ketawrites
    I read this book for a Summer Reading assignment. Let me just tell u. This book is worth it.
  • An American classic

    By Judystep
    More powerful and important than Uncle Toms Cabin. The very greatest of Black American literature.
  • Amazing

    By Trealure
    Highly recommend! I had to read this book for school and I REALLY enjoyed it.
  • The best

    By Great sudoku player
    I've read six books throughout the summer and this was by far the bet one. Great way to finish my summer reading
  • A Lesson Before Dying

    By Higcaigcsei
    I would recommend this book to anyone.. It truly opened my eyes to life. I have learned a great deal from this book. It's one of those books that when brought up in a conversation your only reply is "Ill never forget it". Thank you Mr.Gaines !
  • Great book

    By Tanner Stockton
    Tells a beautiful story of how the souths culture was
  • A Lesson Before Dying

    By dbdawgs
    Great story, really loved the different characters.
  • A Must Read!

    By James®
    It's one of those books that will challenge your views, beliefs and a good way. It's one of those books that you will revisit one day and bring back memories of years past. Read it and you'll know.