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4.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 5 4.25 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernest J. Gaines Narrator: Peter Francis James, Michelle-Denise Woods Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Stirring, heroic, and wonderfully laced with the musical languages of the Bayou, Ernest J. Gaines—the foremost voice in contemporary African American literature—adds another breathtaking saga to his canon with A Gathering of Old Men.

When Sheriff Mapes is summoned to a sugarcane plantation to find a dead Cajun farmer, he knows who committed the crime. Mapes finds himself powerless, however, when nearly twenty elderly black men confess to the murder. Can justice be served, or will the dead man’s brutish father pass judgment his way? Building to a climax that is as stunning as it is inevitable, A Gathering of Old Men powerfully describes the racial tensions in 1970s Louisiana.

Narrators Peter Francis James, Michelle-Denise Woods, Sally Darling, Graham Brown, Murphy Guyer, Tom Stechschulte and Mark Hammer bring Gaines’ masterful prose to vivid life. This insightful novel takes its place among Gaines’ thought-provoking classics, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and In My Father’s House.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best-written novel on southern race relations in over a decade.”

    Village Voice

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kaia | 5/20/2011

    " I read this because I might teach it in Upward Bound this summer. How is it that I've never read anything by Ernest J. Gaines before? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 4/21/2011

    " Just all around good...and it ends just the way you would want it to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Matthew | 3/6/2011

    " Great read. This was a one of those finds that you pick up and can't put down. Read it in a day. I couldn't wait to see the situation from another perspective. Not too many books are written in this style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/8/2011

    " Very good. I liked this one better than A Lesson Before Dying. Three hours of reading well spent. "

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