Book Review: A Lesson Before Dying

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In today’s post, I am sharing with you the book that inspired me to get back into the habit of reading. Funny how that works! You read that one book that opens your eyes and heart to the magic of reading and excites you to devour another one, and another one…

A Lesson before Dying, a book I am grateful I came across and read. A moving, heartbreaking, and powerful story. Gaines’s choice of words is impeccable. Right and true. Simple yet strong enough to keep all your senses, mind and soul engaged and present. It is based, loosely, on the true story of Willie Francis. A young Black man who was sentenced by the electric chair in 1945 and in 1947, in Louisiana.

Being in the wrong place at the wrong time… leading to being accused of murder.

“Hog” and “not worth killing” are the terms Jefferson’s lawyers used to defend him. Terms that will inspire Grant’s journey to teach and actually help Jefferson gain his confidence back so that he dies in dignity.

I been shakin an shakin but im gon stay strong… Sky blu blu mr wigin… Good by Mr wigin tell them im strong tell them im a man good by mr wigin im gon ax paul if he can bring you this… Tell Nannan I walked… tell them he was the bravest man in the room today“~ Jefferson.

5 || Highly recommend

Now it’s your turn: Have you read this book? What were your thoughts about it? Also, feel free to share with me your favorite book, I would love to add it to my reading list.

Summary from GoodReads

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