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By Ernest J. Gaines

Ernest J. Gaines's 1993 novel A Lesson ahead of loss of life, received the nationwide booklet Critics Circle Award for fiction, used to be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and used to be an Oprah publication membership choose. Gaines has been a MacArthur starting place fellow, provided the nationwide Humanities Medal, nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and inducted into the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) as a Chevalier. He lives in Oscar, Louisiana together with his spouse.

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I wondered if, in all the history of the world, any fugitive had ever obeyed that command. I wanted to look for my pocketknife, but I hadn’t seen where the Corpse’s blow had sent it. It might have been under a car, buried in a clump of sparse shrubbery, or down the sewer for all I knew. But I just couldn’t risk the time. indd 33 8/7/12 10:19 AM Ty Drago it with the baton, keeping my face averted. Then, mindful of the jagged glass in the frame, I climbed inside. The living room was dark and empty.

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