The Given Day: A Novel by Dennis LehaneThe Given Day: A Novel by Dennis Lehane

The Given Day: A Novel

byDennis Lehane

Paperback | August 21, 2009

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Set in Boston at the end of the First World War, bestselling author Dennis Lehane's extraordinary eighth novel unflinchingly captures the political and social unrest of a nation caught at the crossroads where past meets future. Filled with a cast of richly drawn, unforgettable characters,The Given Daytells 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. Coursing through the pivotal events of a turbulent epoch, it explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself.

Dennis Lehane is the author of nine previous novels, including theNew York TimesbestsellersGone, Baby, Gone;Mystic River;Shutter Island;The Given Day; andMoonlight Mile, as well asCoronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He and his wife, Angie, divide their time between Boston and the Gulf Coast of Florida.
Title:The Given Day: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:720 pages, 8.06 × 5.4 × 1.2 inShipping dimensions:8.06 × 5.4 × 1.2 inPublished:August 21, 2009Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0380731878

ISBN - 13:9780380731879


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not What I Expected I am used to reading a good thriller when I read Lehane's novels, but this was not what I expected. That is not to say it wasn't a good book; I am a fan of historical fiction and from that perspective I liked this piece, but I figured there would be some sort of secret or mystery along the way and there wasn't. The characters were well developed and engaging, the story believable, but I found it difficult to swallow the happy ending despite the sombre tone of most of the book. This is not the book for you if you are looking for a Kenzie-Gennaro thriller, but it may be your thing if you want a good look at what seemed to be one of the seedier moments in American history.
Date published: 2010-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You won't be able to put it down! I picked up this book because I have read a few of Dennis Lehane's other novels, and I was so glad that I did. I read it in about a week, it was so good. This isn't his usual murder-mystery novel, but I'm glad that he took a departure with this book. It's a story about race relations, labour relations, baseball in the Babe Ruth-era, family and all of the intersecting stories along the way. I liked some characters and despised others. The characters come alive and you can picture them vividly and understand their personalities quite a bit. I really enjoyed the way he described the events and the incidents occurring in this book - rich with detail and emotion. You will feel like you are an observer or a participant in the story. I would like to know how Dennis Lehane writes this way, how he develops the characters - it's just amazing to me.
Date published: 2010-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read Dennis Lehane is an incredible story teller. The character development draws you in further and further until you simply cannot put the book down! The historical and highly politicized subject matter makes for a powerfully absorbing read. The writing transports you back in time so authentically that you feel linked to the events, as if they were personal memories. Lehane successfully draws an eerie parallel to the economic issues we face in a current time of recession and uncertainty, reminding us that history often repeats itself. A variety of character types provides an array of viewpoints, strengthening the impact and relatability of the story he is trying to tell. There is a beautiful balance between the complexity and intrigue of interpersonal relationships and the overpowering signficance of the human condition in a time of social unrest. It is absolutely a must read!
Date published: 2009-12-02

Editorial Reviews

?[A] work of admirable ambition and scope. . . . Lehane is as much like contemporaries George Pelecanos and Richard Price as he is like the bygone Boston-based John P. Marquand, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist.? (Los Angeles Times Book Review)