The Given Day

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Black Swan, Jun 4, 2009 - Boston (Mass.) - 736 pages
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Set in Boston at the end of the First World War, The Given Day tells the story of two families - one white, one black Beat cop, Danny Coughlin, the son of one of the city s most powerful police captains, is on the hunt for hard-line radicals.Drawn into the political fray, he soon finds his loyalties compromised. Luther Laurence, on the run after a deadly confrontation with a crime boss, works for the Coughlin family, all the while desperately trying to find a way home to his pregnant wife. As Danny, Luther and those around them face increasingly turbulent times, they are forced to ride a rising storm of hardship and deprivation that will change their lives forever. Coursing through some of the pivotal events of the age, Dennis Lehane s masterly new novel explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in thrall of, itself.

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The fact that Dennis Lehane provides the subtitle "A Novel" points to an important issue in contemporary fiction. The idea that there exists something arbitrarily described as "serious literature" and ... Read full review

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This was one of those books that I raced through, and then immediately started missing the characters as soon as I was done. But I'm sure we'll be seeing them again; Luther, after all, was left in ... Read full review

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Dennis Lehane was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on August 4, 1965. He graduated from Eckerd College and the graduate program in creative writing at Florida International University. He has written several mystery novels including Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; and Shutter Island. A Drink Before the War won the 1995 Shamus Award for Best First Novel by the Private Eye Writers of America. Mystic River won the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best Novel, the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction, and France's Prix Mystère de la Critique. Three of his novels, Mystic River; Gone, Baby, Gone; and Shutter Island were made into feature films. He also wrote, produced, and directed the film, Neighborhoods. His lbook, Moonlight Mile, concerns the mystery of finding a missing 16-year-old girl in Boston. Lehane's book, World Gone By, made several 2015 Bestseller lists including The New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, and USA Today.

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