A Long Day in November
By Ernest J. Gaines
One morning, six-year previous Sonny is awoken by way of his crying mom, who tells him that, come the next day morning, they're leaving to visit "Gran'mom's" house—without Sonny's father, Eddie. Later that morning, Sonny witnesses a struggle among his mom and dad, which revolves round his father having stayed out overdue the evening prior to simply because his vehicle had damaged down. Eddie has it appears been neglecting his spouse and son, devoting his loose time as an alternative to repairing his outdated motor vehicle. so that it will win again his spouse, Eddie—with Sonny in tow—pays a trip to Madame Toussaint, an outdated woman a professional within the methods of voodoo, who tells Eddie that the one solution to retailer his marriage is via burning his vehicle to the ground.
This unforgettable tale leads the reader via an eventful day on a Southern sugarcane plantation, and exhibits, in the course of the eyes of a kid, what existence was once like within the rural South of the Nineteen Forties. This new version of A lengthy Day in November gains Ernest J. Gaines's unique advent, in addition to the black-and-white illustrations that observed the 1st version of the book.
Ernest J. Gaines's 1993 novel A Lesson earlier than Dying gained the nationwide ebook Critics Circle Award for fiction, was once nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and used to be an Oprah booklet membership choose. Gaines has been a MacArthur origin fellow, offered 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.