Monday, September 24, 2012

Book # 47 - A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying
Ernest Gaines

A young black man, Jefferson, was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Convicted for the murder of a man in a robbery gone awry, he listened to the defense attorney call him "so simple that he was a hog, not a man."  His godmother, who was at the sentencing, appealed to the Grant Wiggins, local schoolteacher, to grant him one wish - to make Jefferson a man before he went to the gallows.

Set in the Civil Rights era in Bayonne, Louisiana.

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