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Editorial Reviews. sidi-its.info Review. Set in Boston at the end of the First World War, New The Given Day: A Novel (Coughlin Series Book 1) - Kindle edition by Dennis Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Dennis Lehane, the New York Times bestselling author of Live by. Editorial Reviews. sidi-its.info Review. David Nicholls Interviews Dennis Lehane Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Although not as developed as those in Mystic River or The Given Day, I didn't. The Given Day tells the story of two families—one black, one white—swept . Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey Mystic River by Dennis Lehane The.
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The men are rich in flavor, detail, and character. The women - while beautifully described and given wonderful dialogue and personalities - are only allowed to be saints or sinners. Brace yourself. Because Luther is a black character, I found the racism against black people to be the hardest for me deal with in this novel.
I literally had to put this down and stop reading for a while after Chapter 11 because I was getting too depressed. Luther is sneered at, beaten, spit on, betrayed, lied to, harassed, etc. It was completely devastating. Very powerful and effective writing on Lehane's part. As for women, there are a few rapes in this novel, but they either happen off-page or far in the past, so I was holding together okay. Nothing I had to DNF over. I really appreciated his delicate handling of sex crimes.
Tons of slurs against Jewish people, Italians, fat people, gay men etc.
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But I'm telling you because it might be disturbing to some readers. Very offensive language is used to talk about these groups quite frequently. It's also a violent book. If you have no stomach for violence, perhaps this isn't you.
It's not overly graphic. Lehane is NOT creating gratuitous, overly described violence here, but the violence does permeate almost every page.
They are so different. Abercrombie writes fantasy and Lehane is writing historical fiction here. With real-life characters such as Babe Ruth and J. Edgar Hoover. Yes, but they are both so grim. Both authors create a world that is just full of pain, suffering, rape, injustice, hatred, murder, greed, child molestation, etc.
It's depressing. I realize that was not exactly a paradise, but I doubt it was a complete cesspool of pain and misery. But Lehane has a redeeming feature that Abercrombie lacks: Both men are expert world-builders and masters of wordcraft.
However, Lehane allows me to close the book with a tiny bit of hope, and Abercrombie takes great delight in crushing all my hope to dust beneath his heel. It's no wonder I prefer Lehane. Lehane counters his three-dimensional am-I-a-piece-of-shit-or-am-I-a-man MCs with complete through-and-through villains. He does this to lessen their shitty behavior. But he's nothing like Villain, who is murdering a black man every week just to prove a point or Villain II who is a grown man regularly raping his year-old cousin.
It's effective, but don't think I don't see what you are doing, Mr. Lehane is an amazing writer. The faces of the mob, however, did not elicit anything near to joy in him.
His people, the faces nearest him as Irish as potatoes and drunken sentiment, all twisted into repulsive, barbaric masks of rage and self-pity. As if the country owed them any more than it had handed Thomas when he stepped off the boat, which is to say nothing but a fresh chance.
He wanted to push them straight back to Ireland, straight back to the loving arms of the British, back to their corn fields and their dank pubs and their toothless women. What had that gray country ever given them except melancholia and alcoholism and the dark humor of the habitually defeated? So they came here, one of the few cities in the world where their kind was given a fair shake.
But did they act like Americans? Did they act with respect or gratitude? They acted like what they were - the niggers of Europe. How dare they?
When this was over, it would take Thomas and good Irishmen like him another decade to undo all the damage this mob had done in two days. Damn you all, he thought as they continued to push them back. Damn you all for smearing our race yet again. That's from one of the novel's conflicted villains. Here's one from Luther: Luther gave a soft smile but didn't say anything. He'd lost comfort with saying "nigger," even around other colored men.
But both Jessie and the Deacon Brocious had used it constantly, and some part of Luther felt he'd entombed it with them back at the Club Almighty. He couldn't explain it any better than that, just that it didn't feel right coming off his tongue any longer. Like most things, he assumed, the feeling would pass, but for now Here's Danny: Danny would have thought it outrageous if it hadn't been steeped in a truth he'd accepted since he could first walk: The only realistic decision a man had to make was if he was going to buck the system and starve, or play it with so much pluck and guts that none of its inequities applied to him.
His book is gripping for all pages. I couldn't put it down except out of sorrow after Chapter The racism is very hard to read about and he kept me glued to the pages every step of the way. However, some of his writing was Like when Lehane goes on and on about how wonderful a certain character is, and how everyone loves him and is attracted to his presence: Because there was something unbroken in the man.
And people followed him, maybe, just to see it break. That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. How about this one: They could have been the eyes of a lamb lying down in the last spot of sun on a summer evening. Or those of a lion, waiting for the lamb to get sleepy.
I just How about this? Men like that always hid the part of themselves that wasn't smiling and hid it so deep it got all the hungrier, like a bear just come out of hibernation, lumbering out of that cave with a scent in its nose so focused it couldn't ever be reasoned with. I seriously don't know where Lehane is coming up with this shit. Lastly, let's talk about how attractive Luther and Danny are. There were some serious swoon moments.
He scooped her up in his arms and started walking and staggering, walking and staggering, the woman not terribly heavy, but squirming and clawing the air and slapping his chest. For Luther, OMG.
He's so badass. Look at this scene where he's dealing with a very evil man: Or how about when a man comes hunting Luther trying to kill him, sent by an even eviler man. First, Luther beats the shit out of him.
Then, Luther shrugged. Ain't afraid of them anymore, ain't afraid of you, ain't afraid of this here color of my skin. Fuck all that forever. He crouched by Old Byron. You get back on the train to Tulsa. And when you get off it, you go run your sad ass right to and tell him you missed me. Tell him it don't matter none, though, because he ain't going to have to look hard for me from now on.
You tell that. You don't? He never looked back at Old Byron. That is some fine writing and that is a fine man. D Yum. Tl;dr - I think reading One Summer: America, by Bill Bryson earlier this year really helped me to already be in the mood and mindset to accept this novel.
It also educated me to the extent that I was familiar with the history and the time period, it was all fresh in my mind. Lehane is a master. I can't put it any other way.
Instead, Lehane made it an absolute dream. This book is unputdownable. Well-written, fast-moving, and with amazing psychology and character development for the male protagonists. I can't wait to rip into the two sequels and complete the trilogy. Maybe THIS, of all things, was the true price of family - being unable to stop the pains of those you loved. Unable to suck it out of the blood, the heart, the head. You held them and named them and fed them and made your plans for them, never fully realizing that the world was always out there, waiting to apply it's teeth.
View all 23 comments. The Given Day taught me something very important about myself: I like fiction. Apparently I only like certain parts of history. When I read Mystic River I was blown away. He was eloquent and thought-provoking-even moving at times. I already owned the Given The Given Day taught me something very important about myself: I already owned the Given Day and thought it was a perfect choice.
Boy was I wrong. I only liked one person in this whole book- Luther. For me, Luther was the only real character in the book. The others felt like ideas, or shadows of people we know. They fell flat for me and I had a very hard time connecting with anyone but Luther. He acted without thinking, he committed a crime and he left his pregnant wife behind in the wake of his heinous acts.
BUT, I understood those decisions. And I like when writers capture those real-life situations. Danny was a big time whiner. If there is one thing in men that drives me nuts the most it would be whining.
Luther reminded me a lot of my father. He worked, he saved, and he lived. Danny, sometimes Aiden, did nothing but play the victim. He complained incessantly and there were times I wanted to reach through the pages and rip his throat out just to get him to shut up. He was filled with hate, anger and resentment and I grew to loathe him like I did Professor Umbridge. He was a mean old bastard. None of the other characters even warrant discussion in my opinion. They were background noise on an already muddled storyline.
I just think this book was bogged down with history. This clearly was a huge failure. Maybe I should stick to Nicholas Sparks? This book just happened to be a mind-numbing slog for me! Carmen and Steve both joined us late but ended up finishing before any of us I think. View all 28 comments.
Aug 17, Dave rated it it was amazing. Lehane hasn't written a book in five years. The Given Day is his return to fiction. It is a big book, both in length pages and scope. The book explores race, baseball, the Boston Police Strike, terrorism, love, and a whole mess of other topics.
It is a huge book, and it is beautifully written. I could not put it down. The major complaint about this book, I feel, is Lehane hasn't written a book in five years. The major complaint about this book, I feel, is going to be the amount of coincidences that drive the plot along. The first of this coincidences I found rather jarring, but as I moved along I realized that this is a Dickensian novel.
Lehane seems to be giving his best Dickens impression, coincidences and all. A wonderful novel that is at once a crime story, a love story, and a political thriller. Historical fiction at it's finest. The prologue is one of the best baseball short stories I've ever read. View all 4 comments. Jan 13, Jean rated it it was amazing Shelves: How does one begin to review a page epic historical novel, which drops names such as Calvin Coolidge, John Hoover, W.
DuBois, and Babe Ruth, among others? The action features two families, one black and one white. He gets his girlfriend pregnant, and at the insistence of her family, they get married in Tulsa, where eve How does one begin to review a page epic historical novel, which drops names such as Calvin Coolidge, John Hoover, W.
He gets his girlfriend pregnant, and at the insistence of her family, they get married in Tulsa, where even blacks earn a living wage. What was happening in and in Boston and other parts of the country was unrest.
Communists and other leftist groups vied for power, and those who joined a union were seen as radicals. Police in Boston faced a lose-lose situation. They could put up with sub-minimal pay, overly long workweeks, and unsanitary conditions in their station houses or they could form a union and risk losing their jobs. Meanwhile, cities insisted there was no money to pay them. Except in Tulsa, which seemed to be the land of milk and honey.
Oh, it was still segregated, but a black man could find a job that paid well. He could buy a nice car, even a home. Until Luther makes some young, stupid choices and gets himself into very, very hot water. And what about Babe Ruth? How does he fit in? The prologue shows the Babe showing off in a pickup game with a bunch of black ballplayers.
His train has stalled, and he and his Boston Red Sox teammates, plus their Chicago Cubs rivals, are all killing time while repairs are made. It is our first glimpse of Ruth, and we see what a jerk the man was.
Did we really need the Ruth chapters in this book? Yet, it puts things in perspective, I think. Apart from that, who was the star player on that Negro team? None other than Luther Laurence, a man who, had he been white, could have played in the major leagues. As it turns out, he faces more hardships and tough choices and shows more character than Ruth.
Then there is the chance meeting of Ruth with Danny on the train at the end of the book. Whom do we pick as our heroes?
What do we cherish in life? The contrast is beautiful. The characters are many.
They are diverse. They are human, which is to say, flawed. Lehane scripts his cops and their bosses like people I could see. I imagined this book as a movie with lots of tough guys.
They liked their drink and their women. They fought for what they believed in. And some of them loved. A lot. The Given Day made me angry. It made me sad.
It made me smile. I savored it. I appreciated the research that went into this work. I loved how Lehane made history come to life. I also loved that Danny could love Nora and that they could be friends with Luther. Much of this book reminded me of the struggles that are happening in this country and in the world today.
Nov 10, Jason Koivu rated it liked it Shelves: This was a surprise! I am really surprised that a historical-fiction about Boston, Babe Ruth, and more didn't interest me more than this did. The Given Day is a broad-ranging drama about Boston in the late s.
The war is ending, jobs are in demand, money is getting tight everywhere, terrorism is putting fear into the hearts of all, segregationist racism is still rearing its ugly head, and the little guy is getting the shaft.
There's a lot going on in The Given Day , maybe too much. I wasn't ov This was a surprise! I wasn't overwhelmed by it all, but the preponderance of historical detail bogs down the human story at the heart of this.
The Irish immigrant Coughlin family is the heart of this novel. Sticking with them through out the book might have provided a better, or at least, more concise story. But of course, you can't discuss Boston back in the day hell, even these days without bringing up its contentious past regarding poor race relations. So that required Lehane to create his representative of the black community, Luther Laurence, who we spend just about as much time with as we do with the Coughlins.
Lehane also wanted to give us a grand vision of Boston, and the country, in the late s, so he added a whole storyline with Babe Ruth, who was just coming on at the time, and who was notoriously traded from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees at this time, much to the chagrin of long-suffering Sox fans for the better part of a century.
The problem with adding this story to the mix is that it makes the whole thing tip to the unwieldy side. I'm a Lehane fan. I even really liked the sequel to The Given Day.
But this one, while perfectly fine, did not suit me quite like I thought it would. Besides its length I might also cite the somewhat comical portrayals of the antagonists herein. At times they come off as Scoobie-level evil-doers. But hey, this is Lehane and he's a damn good writer, so putting all the complaints aside, this is still a solid book. If you are a fan of history and want to know what was going on in Boston years ago, this is a great read for you!
View 2 comments. I work nine to five, Monday to Friday.
I have a decent health plan and my job consists of sitting on my ass in front of a computer all day. I get regular raises and if I get sick, I can rest up for a few days until I kick whatever ails me out of my system.
For Dennis Lehane, it started with the Boston Police strike of The simple thought of an entire police force walking off the job had fascinated him, but as he began digging, The Given Day grew both in size and scope.
As Boston formed into a melting pot of immigrants - both the Irish and Italians leading the forefront - to say that they were all at odds with one another would be a gross understatement. Considering the Irish were often connected to the police department and the Italians closely associated with communism and terrorism, events would occur that would poison the minds of Boston's residents resulting in widespread racism that would fuel many of the city's more memorable events.
The Given Day follows three main characters. Danny Coughlin, a young Boston police officer tasked with infiltrating and investigating the Boston Social Club - an unofficial union formed by his fellow officers looking to fight for workers rights; Luther Laurence, a black man who arrives in Boston fleeing from Oklahoma following a botched robbery attempt; and Babe Ruth do I really need to explain who this is?
As the plot progresses, all three become linked by the corruption and fear that gripped Beantown. Character development is top-notch and I found myself digging in for long reading sessions, desperate to know what horrible thing would hit the city next. View 1 comment. The Given Day has it all. Lehane gives his reader historical facts, tons of strong characters, both good and evil, social and political unrest, murder and mayhem and throws in a love story to boot!
This was a powerful book, and even more so for me as I listened to the wonderful narration of Michael Boatman. The ease with which he changed voice, tone, accent was mesmerizing.
The immigrant Irish brogue, the street cop Boston Irish accent, the New England sound, the black man's cadence He became each character as he brought the lyrical writing of Mr.
Lehane to life for me. Even Mr. Babe Ruth finds his way woven throughout this book much to my delight. I appreciated that the unrest of the two main characters matched the unrest of the city of Boston in the early 's. The war was over, the "ward bosses" still ruled the city, politics were dirty and anarchy and prohibition was the talk of the day. I had a front row seat at watching history unfold.
Lehane had me holding my breath, chuckling to myself and rushing to see how everything turns out. But oh, at the end I was so sad to let these wonderful characters go. This was a story that touched me and had me reading up on the history of the time, seeing which events were true and reading more about them.
These characters lived large and life was often hard, but they were proud and believable. Family mattered as did your word. Throw in a few twists and turns along the way and you are rooting for the underdog to win in the end. Don't let the length of this book overwhelm you. The story actually the parallel stories move swiftly and carry you right along. If you enjoy historical, character driven fiction and excellent writing I don't think this will let you down. View all 5 comments.
Feb 27, switterbug Betsey rated it it was amazing.
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I frequently experience a letdown after reading the choice new releases that publishers and literary critics push and bookstores parade as the greatest novel of the decade. So I was wary but seduced, anyway, to buy Lehane's book--by Boston, by the Red Sox, by themes of racial injustice and social unrest, by the parallels to contemporary issues, and by Lehane's accomplishment with Mystic River.
I was impressed by Lehane's ambitious genre-crossing. The quality of this book is sufficiently steep th I frequently experience a letdown after reading the choice new releases that publishers and literary critics push and bookstores parade as the greatest novel of the decade. The quality of this book is sufficiently steep that the minor flaws are forgivable.
This resonant story with memorable, marrow-deep characters did not fade away after the final page. Amazon provides an exuberant introduction to this novel, so my desire is to share my response to reading it rather than retelling the events. And there are teeming, cataclysmic events that vitalize the story.
Danny Coughlin and Luther Laurence, the two main protagonists, are portrayed with virile consciousness and psychological intensity. I see them, feel them, hear them, smell them-- until I am breathing them. They are nervy and knuckled. They are not merely the broad strokes that you sometimes get in a period piece of sprawling, epic proportions although there are a few Rocky-esque contours.
They are not secondary to advancing the plot. Danny and Luther drive the story as the story also fuels them. And there is enough brio to keep them elastic and passionate. Danny's father, Thomas Coughlin police captain , is especially interesting. He is a mixture of confident swagger, moral ambiguity, and tragedy--the closest of the characters to a literary one.
He is the most unpredictable and enigmatic and keeps you changing your mind about him until the end of the novel.
Although there is some sentimentality to the story and main characters, I did not feel short-changed. Although the author is transparent about his political views, he makes them tactile and combative in detail and luster. The background and landscape become character, also. It breathes and belches with dust, dirt, steel, mortar, sky, and water. The potent imagery adds dramatic tension and texture to the story without dragging it down. Individuals struggle to harness their environment and reconcile with its impersonal but cruel nature.
Lehane intertwines the landscape as extended metaphor and foreshadowing as well as time, place, and temperament. His descriptions give a fierce undercurrent to a subdued atmosphere and tone--there is never just one sustained note another problem with some period pieces. Some reviewers cite stilted dialogue with too much exposition. I did not experience that to any significant extent. There were some moments near the beginning of the novel that were a bit awkward, but once the momentum got going and the characters were well-oiled, the story became fluid and powerful.
There is a curve in historical fiction where readers adjust to the author's chosen prose style and narrative flow. This is not a perfect novel--some of the architecture of it can strain believability and it waxes sentimental.
And yet it is exhilarating, consistently engrossing. It never got musty or flat--it remained plump and invigorating. Its visceral engagement kept it at a 5-star excellence. Like Steinbeck's East of Eden, it is flawed and overflowing and exciting. This is an intelligent page-turner--also a thriller, a drama, a period piece, and family saga. It is fiery and wet, tempestuous and fierce. And a gift on any given day.
View all 12 comments. This quickly jumped into my list of favorite novels! Not only is it impeccably researched and details dramatic historical events in Boston of , it also follows truly relatable and engaging characters. The book follows two young men, one black and one white, who get caught up in the social and political turmoil in Boston at the time. I was worried that being a long historical drama, it would be boring, but from the first chapter I was totally engaged and then became swept up in Luther's desire This quickly jumped into my list of favorite novels!
I was worried that being a long historical drama, it would be boring, but from the first chapter I was totally engaged and then became swept up in Luther's desire to get back to is wife and Danny's journey into union activism and involvement in the infamous police strike.
The books pacing is surprisingly quick for all the historical info it details and I finished it in four days. I've read all of Dennis Lehane's novels and most of his short stories, and I'm looking forward to the next one!
Feb 09, Kathleen Gilroy rated it it was ok. I awaited fervently for my turn at the library for this book and was pretty gravely disappointed. It begins with great promise -- the period in time in Boston's history where the end of WWI, the outbreak of the great influenza epidemic, violent terrorism, and the formation of labor unions all intersect to create huge social upheaval.
But I just can't finish, despite how piqued my interest is about this period of history. The writing was often wooden; the characterizations are stock and flat; I d I awaited fervently for my turn at the library for this book and was pretty gravely disappointed. The writing was often wooden; the characterizations are stock and flat; I do want to know what happens to everybody but not enough to complete the slog.
If there are readers out there who can recommend a good non-fiction book about this period, please email me or leave me a note in the comments. View all 6 comments. Oct 05, Steve rated it liked it Shelves: I jumped in late on a buddy-read with Delee , Stepheny , Jeff , and Jess. Couldn't sleep last night, so I finished this plodding novel. The Given Day is an historical novel set in Boston around the tumultuous times around Coughlin struggles in his relationship with his powerful father, Boston police captain Thomas Coughlin.
Luther fled to Boston, but wants only to return to his wife and child in Tulsa.
Their stories eventually come together at the Coughlin household over their mutual interests. Beyond the main characters, the supporting cast was shallow stereotypes. Danny's love interest is deep and complex —that is what we are told, but nothing supports this. Every single character wears a black or a white hat.
Only Danny's father seems to have any gray; he is the one character difficult to decipher. Ultimately, this novel was incredibly tedious and repetitious. The plot was predictable, which is expected when dealing with stereotypes. When the good police commissioner promises a living wage, it is unsurprising that he dies before it is implemented. There were a few redeeming qualities in the book, though. The battle between the cops and Bolsheviks, the battle of the police trying to get a livable wage, the descriptions of Boston's North End and the battle to keep organized labor from growing were all good.
Of the three overlapping and intersecting storylines in The Given Day Danny the cop; Luther on the run; Babe Ruth the baseball legend , I would rate Luther's story 4 stars, Danny's story 2 stars, and Babe's story 1 star. This novel really needed to be trimmed and edited for length, maybe focusing on either Luther or Danny alone, and eliminating the whole Babe Ruth storyline altogether. This isn't a bad novel. It's just bloated. In the end, it feels like Lehane was trying too hard to incorporate too many historical events with too many storylines, failing to propel the novel forward.
It is at times excellent, at times meandering. Oct 06, Laurie rated it liked it. This book had so much going for it, I couldn't put it down But then I started to feel the characters were being manipulated from the outside, not operating from internal truths, and there were quite a few anachronistic conversations and unbelievavle relationships between African Americans and whites given the time period, I'd recommend it for the history and the exciting read, but in the end I think it couldn've been stronger.
I think, secretly, Lehane This book had so much going for it, I couldn't put it down I think, secretly, Lehane wanted to write a book about Babe Ruth -- one of his most fully realized characters -- but had to change course midstream for whatever limitations he came up against. Jun 05, Corey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Being a die-hard fan of Dennis Lehane, and a big history buff, especially if it's history about the city of Boston, I knew that this book was for me, and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest!!
The Given Day takes place mainly in Boston, but the other half takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma after the end of the First World War, and the story focuses on the 2 main characters, Aiden "Danny" Coughlin, an Irish-born Boston Police Patrolman, whose father Thomas Coughlin, is the Captain of The Boston Poli Being a die-hard fan of Dennis Lehane, and a big history buff, especially if it's history about the city of Boston, I knew that this book was for me, and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest!!
Luther falls in love with a woman named Lila, they get married, and are expecting their first child, and they move to Tulsa, Oklahoma. But Luther gets involved in the activities of a local gangster, then giving the circumstances, Luther is forced to flee his home and Lila who is still pregnant at the time of his departure and heads for Boston, eventually gets hired as a handyman and servant in the home of Captain Coughlin.
The biggest concern for the BPD is they haven't been given a raise since , and they are worried about a Police Strike. Years back Danny and Nora had a love affair but it ended when Danny discovered a dark secret of her past. Now she is engaged to be married to Danny's younger brother, Connor, a rising attorney.
A very powerful, moving and epic tale! The story culminates in the historical Boston Police Strike, which is started by the incompetent Police Commissioner's refusal to allow the Police Union's right to affiliate with national labor organizations, or to exist.
And many real-life people appear in the story, such as Calvin Coolidge, then-governor of the State of Massachusetts during the time of the Boston Police Strike, before being elected President of the United States, and famous Baseball Superstar Babe Ruth, who appears in the prologue and appears on and off within the novel, during his time with the Boston Red Sox.
Anyone who is a Boston history buff, or a great family saga, this book is for you! Aug 22, LeAnne rated it liked it. Son of a gun, Ive already read this and never reviewed it. The author is so often linked with the idea of mysteries or stories of psychological suspense that this piece of historical fiction is outside the arena that one would expect. Sets in the early s, mostly in Boston, this terrific story is about the family of an Irish cop and the black man who serves his family as a domestic.
Labor disputes of the time, the anarchy that ended in what we would now call acts of terror, strikes, returning Son of a gun, Ive already read this and never reviewed it. Labor disputes of the time, the anarchy that ended in what we would now call acts of terror, strikes, returning soldiers, and the racial divide are beautifully draw here.
As a bit of a quirk, the story opens with Babe Ruth, drunk on the back of a train and soon witnessing a ball game played by phenomenal players from the Negro leagues of the time.
The infamous ballplayer pops in and out of the story, and while he has little to nothing to do with the overall arch, he keeps grounding us to the time period at hand. Very good, but not thrilling. Sep 12, Bill Powers rated it it was amazing. Lehane's use of dialog and story is outstanding and riveting. His story pulls you in and you will not be able to stop. This was my first Dennis Lehane story, but definitely not my last. I highly recommend if you love thrillers with an historical aspect.
My first Dennis Lehane book, and an absolute epic of more than pages. The novel uses two main characters, one white and one black, to tell the story of tumultuous post-war events in Boston in Racial tensions, the influenza epidemic, the rise of unions, poverty, Bolshevikism, corruption and love all run through this twisting and turning narrative. Nov 08, Rick Riordan rated it really liked it.
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I've been a fan of Lehane's since his earliest detective novels. When I was writing mysteries, he was one of those writers I was simply in awe of -- a guy who writes with such talent and vision it's a little intimidating to the rest of us schmucks plodding along in the genre.
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