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  • Hachette Australia

A Gathering of Old Men

Ernest J. Gaines

2 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A Gathering of Old Men is powerful story from the award-winning author of A LESSON BEFORE DYING.

Set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation in the 1970s, A GATHERING OF OLD MEN is a powerful depiction of racial tensions arising over the death of a Cajun farmer at the hands of a black man.

When a sheriff is summoned to a sugarcane plantation, he finds one white woman, about eighteen old black men and one dead Cajun farmer. Despite threats and physical persuasion, each man claims guilt and promises to provoke a riot at the courthouse if the sheriff tries to make an arrest. While they wait for the lynch mob, everyone involved is surprised by something, and the old black men have their first taste about power and pride.

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Praise for A Gathering of Old Men

  • Riveting ... it takes off like a shot and keeps your heart pounding right through the final climax. - San Francisco Chronicle

  • Poignant, powerful, earthy. - Booklist

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