The Given Day

The Given Day

A Novel

Book - 2008
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"Gut-wrenching force. . . . A majestic, fiery epic. . . . The Given Day is a huge, impassioned, intensively researched book that brings history alive." -- New York Times

Dennis Lehane, the New York Times bestselling author of Live by Night--now a Warner Bros. movie starring Ben Affleck--offers an unflinching family epic that captures the political unrest of a nation caught between a well-patterned past and an unpredictable future. This beautifully written novel of American history tells the story of two families--one black, one white--swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries and anarchists, immigrants and ward bosses, Brahmins and ordinary citizens, all engaged in a battle for survival and power at the end of World War I.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780688163181
Branch Call Number: LEH
Characteristics: 704 p. ;,24 cm


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Mar 23, 2017

I devoured the book in 5 days,
got cozy with unfamiliar vernacular (coarse but lyrical, melody out of the crude, romance seeped through the harsh),
disturbed by bloody violence (rivaled all the graphic violence visualized),
feeling deeply, the characters (except for Babe Ruth running cameo),
seeing vividly, the streets, alleyways, squares then and now...
It was about a shameful past of beloved Boston. It is the voice of America!
An easy read for many, but it is not easy to chew on the many thoughts generated.

LPL_DirectorBrad Jul 10, 2015

My first foray into Lehane's historical fiction. What a tremendous book. Lehane transports you to 1919, and it's like you're there! Anarchist! Babe Ruth! Mean cops! Nice cops!

Vincent T Lombardo Mar 24, 2015

I read to page 15 and then gave up. It was just not my cup of tea. I do not like historical fiction, and there were too many characters to follow. (I always get intimidated when I see a cast of characters before beginning a novel. I guess I just have a simple mind!) However, I really love most of Lehane's other books, like "Mystic River", "The Drop", and the entire Kenzie/Gennaro series, and I highly recommend those.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 14, 2014

This isn't a flawless book; Lehane's writing can be heavy-handed and simplistic at times, but the fascinating issues and settings he deals with here more than make up for any deficiencies. This novel tells the story of the attempt to form a union in the Boston Police Department in the period just after WWI--during the "Red Scare" when capitalism seemed to be threatened by revolution on all sides. Lehane introduces conflicting issues of race and class through the perspectives of a number of characters including a young African American, several Irish American immigrants and second-generation Boston Irish, and even Babe Ruth!

RickVanderlinde Jun 13, 2013

One the best books I have ever read period. It ate up long winter hours with ease. An historical, crime drama with literary prose.

Aug 05, 2012

Very good historical fiction of 1919 with a focus on Boston. As they say truth is stranger then fiction and this book includes many true stories of the era that are were very strange in a well crafted narrative. Definitely worth reading, provides plenty to think about.

Apr 05, 2012

I loved it.

Apr 14, 2011

A story about the first unions in the early 20th century. It wasn't a book that you can't put down, but very interesting just the same. The characters were fantastic.

Dec 02, 2010

Anything this guy writes is golden. I haven't read a bad or boring book yet.

cbarr Sep 03, 2009

A very good book - but his next book had better be a mystery !!

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