The Given Day: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Fiction - 736 pages
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"Gut-wrenching force...A majestic, fiery epic. The Given Day is a huge, impassioned, intensively researched book that brings history alive." - The New York Times

Dennis Lehane, the New York Times bestselling author of Live by Night—now a Warner Bros. movie starring Ben Affleck—offers an unflinching family epic that captures the political unrest of a nation caught between a well-patterned past and an unpredictable future. This beautifully written novel of American history 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 at the end of World War I.

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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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About the author (2009)

Dennis Lehane is the author of ten previous novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Live by Night; Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He lives in California with his family.

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