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Gathering of Old Men

by Ernest J. Gaines  |  Grades: 8+  |  Ages: 14+  |  Lexile Level: 650 

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A story about race relations which takes place on a Louisiana plantation. A farmer is dead, eighteen old black men each claim to have killed him, and the sheriff must figure out who to arrest.

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. 


"Poignant, powerful, earthy...a novel of Southern racial confrontation in which a group of elderly black men band together against whites who seek vengeance for the murder of one of their own."-- "Booklist"

"A fine novel...there is a denouement that will shock and move readers as much as it does the characters."-- "Philadelphia Inquirer"

A Biographical Note About Ernest Gaines

Ernest Gaines (1933 -   ) was born on a plantation in Pointe Coupée Parish near New Roads, Louisiana, which is the Bayonne of all his fictional works. He is writer-in-residence emeritus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 1993 Gaines received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for his lifetime achievements. In 1996 he was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of France's highest decorations. He and his wife, Dianne, live in Oscar, Louisiana. 

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