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The Given Day

A Novel

by Dennis Lehane

The Given Day
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2008, 720 pages
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    Sep 2009, 720 pages

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Set in Boston at the end of World War I, Lehane's novel captures the political and social unrest of a nation caught at the crossroads between past and future

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 classic 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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