From the author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman comes a deep and compassionate novel, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. 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.
"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 "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