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)
When I first heard the story began with a "baseball" theme, I thought, uh oh, bad decision on my part. But after the first 10 minutes I was hooked. I loved all the characters in their own right, even the "evil" ones because they are so very real! Personally, I enjoy stories where prejudice and cruelty are overcome by love and empathy, so this story hit every mark for me. I will listen to this again and again over the years and may purchase the book to really absorb the story.
So many books, it's tough to think of just one. The first that comes to mind is Great Expectations.
The sections with Nora and her open friendship with Luther. Also, I love the last chapter, wrapping up all main characters so beautifully.
Both, but not to an extreme level. It was a feel good book that spoke to me.
Everybody would get something out of this book. I researched some of the history of the Boston Riots and the BPD Strike. Very accurate.
each conversation contained every vulgarity known to man. while i am sure the book has merit, I could not get past the language.a great book does not need to reduce itself to vulgarity in place of eloquent dialogue
Probably not. It was a great book but not a "re-read". The characters and story were strong and well plotted. It did go on a little too long but overall very entertaining.
I can take violence and I can take vulgarity but the amount used in this book was exhausting.
Far from my favorite. In fact, my least favorite.
Handled the Irish accents pretty well although after a bit, they all began to sound the same.
Yes, it inspired me to listen to the third part at warp speed and skip sections altogether. I did do some research as I was reading to learn more about some of the events referenced and found out more about how wretched people can be to one another.
Based on the reviews I downloaded this book and found it completely fascinating. It was a page turner I rooted for several characters (which I rarely do). I would recommend this book to everyone I know.
I had trouble getting through the first 2 sections and almost stopped listening to it. The third section really picks up, though.
yes, with a lot of editing
However; too much profanity. Otherwise, a great story and a heart-warming ending.
Luther killing the "Deacon".
Luther--and of course, Danny.
A tale of two men
The reader did an incredible job narrating and changing his voices to fit each character.
I would listen to a story like this one in the future.
there were many memorable moments - I always enjoy when characters who lead separate lives come together and become part of the same story, when people of diverse cultures find more similarities than differences.
There were a lot of fav characters.
It's a good title
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.
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