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The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

givenRecommended by Nancy in Readers Services…

Nancy’s synopsis:
The flu epidemic, anarchists and revolutionaries plotting behind closed doors, immigrants struggling to find their place in America, and a police strike that leads to bloody riots — this is Boston at the end of World War I. Danny Coughlin, an Irish policeman, and Luther Lawrence, an African American laborer, form an unlikely friendship that is at the center of this story of America’s coming-of-age. Along the way you meet Babe Ruth, J. Edgar Hoover, Governor Coolidge and other influencial people of the time.

She says:
You’ll find Lehane’s first historical novel just as fascinating as the crime thrillers you’ve loved in the past. As you read you’ll notice that the people living Boston in 1919 were dealing with many of the same issues we struggle with today.