Real life confession, this book A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines ,has been on my book shelf FOREVER. The story is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store shoot out in which three white men are killed. As the only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, the plantation school teacher, is persuaded by his aunt and Jefferson’s godmother to visit Jefferson in his cell and impart his wisdom (to make him a man before he dies). My career is emotional enough, and so is life. It seems like every time I pick up my paper off my doorstep another young man of color has been shot. Looking at the latest dead black man staring back at me from my morning paper, I made a decision to read the damn book. Ignorance is not bliss. I am glad I read it- here’s my review.
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