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The Given Day

The Given Day

Author: Dennis Lehane

Year Published: 2008

Description: Set in Boston, this novel combines history and fiction to paint a portrait of America's changing political and social landscape at the end of World War I. Through the fictional stories of its two primary characters—Danny Coughlin, an Irish Policeman, and Luther Laurence, an African-American on the run—it shines a real light on the racial and ethnic strife, poor working conditions and political corruption that wreaked havoc on the city's families and neighborhoods and triggered Boston's 1919 police strike.

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The Given Day

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