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A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
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it was amazing
bookshelves: american-literature, southern-literature, reviewed, 2011-2019, africa-and-diaspora

A black man is wrongly accused of a crime he did not commit, and a schoolteacher is given the task of helping him face his punishment like a man. The facts seem simple, but there is so much more to this little book. Through Grant Wiggins, the articulate yet conflicted narrator, Ernest J. Gaines presents the plight of downtrodden African Americans in the South. Yet he also makes the reader confront what it means to be truly human, and to face one's destiny with true courage.
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Reading Progress

March 7, 2012 – Shelved
March 7, 2012 – Shelved as: american-literature
March 7, 2012 – Shelved as: southern-literature
August 10, 2013 – Started Reading
August 18, 2013 – Shelved as: reviewed
August 18, 2013 – Finished Reading
January 4, 2017 – Shelved as: 2011-2019
April 6, 2019 – Shelved as: africa-and-diaspora

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