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THE GIVEN DAY
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Lehane (Mystic River), known for his gritty and psychologically dense modern-day novels usually based in Boston, pens a love letter to his hometown's dirty past. This weighty novel examines racism, power politics and family dynamics in the early 1900s, but the narrative and the characters' concerns read as if they happened last week. Some of that may be due to 1918-era characters dropping the F-bomb a little too frequently, but Lehane keeps you riveted with this intertwined story of two everyday guys -- one black, one white -- and their struggle to survive.
Near the end of World War I, white Boston cop Danny Coughlin and Luther Lawrence, a black man on the run after murdering a man in Tulsa, cross paths. Danny struggles to prove himself
Reviewed By: Liz French
Published: October 2008