A Lesson Before Dying takes place in a small Cajun community in 1940s Louisiana, where a young black man is about to go to the electric chair for murder. When the man is convicted and sentenced to die, his grandmother begs the narrator in the story to teach her grandson to die like a man. The book has been described as offering a “powerful exploration of race, injustice and resistance.” It was a 1997 Oprah Book Club selection.
A Lesson Before Dying is also the 2009 selection for The Big Read/All Fairfax Reads, a community-wide reading program that this year brings together many readers from across the Commonwealth. This reading program is an initiative of The National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.
The Big Read is designed to “revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of its citizens.”
I have definitely been transformed by books I’ve read, though, sadly, none of the diet books.
Visit the library catalog and place your hold on A Lesson Before Dying.
Mary Mulrenan, Fairfax County Public Library