If you think that a fictional account of the 1919 Boston Police strike
wouldn't hold your interest, you'd be wrong. Dennis Lehane, best known for his
mysteries set in contemporary Boston, draws comparisons to E.L. Doctorow's
Ragtime with his historical novel, The Given Day.
Both books combine the stories of fictional characters with actual people who lived at the time, with anarchist Emma Goldman making an appearance in both. The themes of family, loyalty, greed, class, race, secrets and power, and how they affect people and their relationships, combine to make this an unforgettable novel.
Baseball fans will be drawn in immediately as the story starts off with Babe Ruth, playing at that time for the Boston Red Sox. Ruth stumbles upon a baseball game being played by young black men in Ohio, and asks to join the game. He is in awe of their talent, and ...
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