Books by Ernest J. Gaines

THE TRAGEDY OF BRADY SIMS  by Ernest J. Gaines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Gaines competently reveals his central character's motivations, but that might not be enough to make readers care about the man's fate."
A young reporter on assignment learns the history of a town's black community. Read full book review >
MOZART AND LEADBELLY by Ernest J. Gaines
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2005

"Gaines's fiction glistens. The rest of the book, a fault of its editors, does not."
An unfortunate mixed-genre collection of bad essays, competent short stories and an edited transcript of a dull conversation meant to honor the author of A Lesson Before Dying (1993). Read full book review >
A LESSON BEFORE DYING by Ernest J. Gaines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 1993

"By containing unbearably painful emotions within simple declarative sentences and everyday speech rhythms, Gaines has written a novel that is not only never maudlin, but approaches the spare beauty of a classic."
Two black men (one a teacher, the other a death row inmate) struggle to live, and die, with dignity, in Gaines's most powerful and moving work since The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1971). Read full book review >