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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
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Ernest Gaines is a writer-in-residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His 1993 novel, A Lesson Before Dying, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2004, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying was an Oprah Book Club pick in 1997.

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"Stunning. I know of no black novel about the South that exudes quite the same refreshing mix of wit and wrath, imagination and indignation, misery and poetry." --Life

"In this woman, Ernest Gaines has created a legendary figure....Gaines's novel brings to mind other great works: The Odyssey, for the way his heroine's travels manage to summarize the American history of her race, and Huckleberry Finn, for the clarity of [Pittman's] voice, for her rare capacity to sort through the mess of years and things to find the one true story of it all." --Newsweek

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