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Subject: Just finished a great historical fiction book
Date Posted: 6/4/2009 3:40 PM ET
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I don't really seek out historical fiction to read, but this one was the newest book by a favorite author and it was incredible: The Given Day by Dennis Lehane.  It follows the lives of two men, one black, one white, and how their lives cross and entwine in Boston at the end of the first World War.  Lehane chronicles the events of the flu outbreak, the Boston police strike, the trading of Babe Ruth to the Yankees and the anarchist activity and civil unrest happening in Boston at the time. 

Fantastic book, epic but not unnecessarily long, rich in historical detail but not to the point of distraction, Lehane uses real historical figures like Calvin Coolidge, Emma Goldman, J. Edgar Hoover, and Babe Ruth. 

I'd definitely recommend this to fans of hefty historical stories.  Anyone else read it?



Last Edited on: 6/5/09 2:06 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/4/2009 7:31 PM ET
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I bought a copy of this one while browsing a Barnes & Nobles a few weeks ago, so I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed it. I need to move it to the top of the TBR. It sounds really good.

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 8:28 AM ET
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it does sound good--i'll be on the lookout for it! thanks for letting us 'hard cores' know about it....

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 9:26 AM ET
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That's an era I always like reading about--thanks for the tip!

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 1:05 PM ET
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Wow, that does sound good.