The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
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From Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Mystic River and Shutter Island, comes the paperback edition of The Given Day, 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.

 

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Dennis Lehane is the author of nine novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He and his wife, Angie, divide their time between Boston and the Gulf Coast of Florida.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by William Morrow. 720 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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It’s a novel about, as Lehane writes, “the terrible smallness of men.” It’s a novel about “the fist beneath the velvet glove of democracy.” The poor aren’t necessarily noble;

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$27.95 'The Given Day,' by Dennis Lehane: A Vision of Old Boston in All Its Angry Power (September 18, 2008) Browse Inside 'The Given Day' at HarperCollins.com Dennis Lehane's Web Site But Franzen was not alone in pointing over the center-field fence to the city beyond.

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In “The Given Day” Dennis Lehane uses “fierce-terrible” as a two-fisted Irish modifier, an archaic way of signifying tremendous angry power.

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Dennis Lehane, who put in shift work as a writer on The Wire, does here for historical Boston what David Simon did for contemporary Baltimore, creating a cross-section of society within a police framework to show city corruption infiltrating every level from the highest down to the street.

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Book Reporter

With the release of THE GIVEN DAY, we find out what Dennis Lehane has been doing since the publication of his classic MYSTIC RIVER in 2003 and the brilliant, under-appreciated SHUTTER ISLAND in 2004 (not to mention the stop-gap collection CORONADO: STORIES in 2006).

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Between their stories, Lehane details a Boston on the edge of social breakdown, from the working class struggling to get through 70-hour work weeks to the corrupt city leaders obsessed with bringing down the anarchists in their midst while ignoring the problems that gave those revolutionaries...

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Entertainment Weekly

In what should be the novel's resounding climax, Danny turns in his badge when the police decide to strike.

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Christian Science Monitor

A war-fatigued nation confronts an overheated economy, a tangle of vengeful terrorist organizations, rising joblessness, and racial tension.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Lehane also tosses in subplots centered on Red Sox slugger Babe Ruth and an African-American fugitive named Luther, who has escaped to Boston after killing a man in Tulsa.

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Tampa Bay Times

Babe Ruth is a recurring character, and his presence lets Lehane tip a nod to the bay area when Ruth hits his record exhibition game homer — 579 feet — at Plant Field, at what's now the University of Tampa campus.

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About.com

The events in the story seem so normal, so commonplace, but the weight of tension between the races, and tension within families and within the police finally come to fruition.

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About.com Bestsellers

ProsLehane’s talent for human characterization ignites againThe city of Boston before the Roaring 20s is a broiling urban junglePolitical schemes, foreign terrorists, city riots...Then is now.ConsLehane’s modern tongue sometimes distracts from the story for a moment, rather than enhancing it.Desc...

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About.com Bestsellers

New York Times Bestselling author, Dennis Lehane, Boston writer of modern tragedies like Mystic River and Gone Baby, Gone, enters a new realm of literature with his first historical fiction, The Given Day.

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Boomtron

The Given Day tells the story of two families — one black, one white — swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries, and anarchists, immigrants and ward bosses, Brahmin’s and ordinary citizens, all engaged in a battle for survival and power.

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Houston Press

The Given Day takes place in Boston just after World War I, when the city was full of anarchists, cops itching to strike over horrid working conditions, a flu epidemic and a clannish world of newly arrived immigrants.

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