Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters more richly drawn than any Lehane has ever created, 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, Brahmins and ordinary citizens, all engaged in a battle for survival and power.
Beat cop Danny Coughlin, the son of one of the city's most beloved and powerful police captains, joins a burgeoning union movement and the hunt for violent radicals. Luther Laurence, on the run after a deadly confrontation with a crime boss in Tulsa, works for the Coughlin family and tries desperately to find his way home to his pregnant wife.
Here, too, are some of the most influential figures of the era: Babe Ruth; Eugene O'Neill; leftist activist Jack Reed; NAACP founder W. E. B. DuBois; Mitchell Palmer, Woodrow Wilson's ruthless Red-chasing attorney general; cunning Massachusetts governor Calvin Coolidge; and an ambitious young Department of Justice lawyer named John Hoover.
Coursing through some of the pivotal events of the time, including the Spanish Influenza pandemic and culminating in the Boston Police Strike of 1919, The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.
©2008 Dennis Lehane; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
"[An] engrossing epic....A vision of redemption and a triumph of the human spirit." (Publishers Weekly)
Definitely worth reading and the performance added a lot to the story.
The only part(s) I didn't like were the portions that included Babe Ruth. It didn't seem to flow with the story and could easily have been left out. (Our book club wondered if it was added in the editing process as it really felt crammed into the book.)
It was very hard to follow. It followed too many people for me feel attached to any of them.
I loved "live by night" so I thought I would like this one. I was very wrong.
I couldn't finish it. It was too distracting.
I really enjoy books with interesting plot lines and an historical element. This book has both. You go back in time to 1917 (I think). All the little details are there - the daily habits of the people, the sights, sounds and smells. Plus race relations, politics, labor history, and baseball. I recommend.
Michael Boatman's Boston and Irish accents.
A certain sophistication that is a part of his image.
Great frigging story!
East of Eden, Pillars of the Earth maybe because it pulls you in very quickly. The character development is phenomenal. I did not want to stop listening. Very good story, thought provoking and extremely entertaining.
I haven't but will look for them in the future. He did a great job.
If I could have I would have. It was really good.
I highly recommend this book. It goes on a very short list of all time favorites.
One of the most enjoyable.
The sensation of being there then.
The last scene of father and son in Boston.
NO! The history of our country is not always a pretty one or a nice one. Some of this book was just too intense, I had to take a break from it now and then. It was always easy to return to, I could not wait to finish it. I needed time to sort of digest the information, and I felt as if I was there, it felt very real to me.
We all have had history in school, my school gave us a “thumbnail” sketch of these times. I found this book to be compelling, and entertaining. I liked the characters, and the story. It did not feel contrived to me, and I feel it gives a clearer picture of what times were like in those good ‘ol days.
I liked the historical fiction, but it could have used less description and more action.
This book just never engaged me; interesting historical information on the ethnic, racial & social structure of post WWI, primarily Boston, but the characters & dialogue get lost in the author's effort to educate.
I read fiction to be entertained, and if I'm fortunate enough to learn something in the process, excellent. But this book sacrifices entertainment for facts.
Lots of history, but no soul.
After reading many of the positive reviews, and liking much of Lehane's other stories I decided to get this book. However, I forced myself to get though it, most of the time only half listening. I was not very impressed with the story. Narrator was ok, he didn't make or break the book. I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone though.
I am enjoying the story, but i wish audible carried a disclaimer with each book that includes music. I hate having to hit the FF to get through that crap. I dont ever recall opening a book and hearing music, For the life of me cant figure out how it has found it has way into audio books
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