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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
A Lesson Before Dying, set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s, is about the bond forged between two men--Jefferson, convicted of murder and sentenced to die; and Grant Wiggins, a college graduate returning to his hometown to teach. Through their friendship and the wisdom they impart upon one another, they both come to understand the simple heroism of resisting--and defying--the expected. Gaines brings to this novel a rich sense of place and a deep understanding of the human psyche.
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