The Given Day, Dennis Lehane

Images I bought The Given Day, by Dennis Lehane on the Kindle for reading over the December holidays.  On the Kindle, you don't have page numbers but the % of how much of the book you have finished.  I never paid any attention to the size of this particular book but knew it had to be big as it was taking me forever to finish.  I finally finished yesterday and went to Amazon to check out the size.  720 pages!  Lesson learned.  See size before buying.

The book could have probably been a bit smaller but a wonderful story nonetheless.  The book is set in Boston, post WWI.  There are a variety of characters that are clearly perfect for the time that the book takes place.  Historical fiction as the story unfolds through actual events that took place in 1919. 

A story surrounding 2 families, one black and one Irish.  Murders, lust, politics, power…all the makings of a good novel.  Lehane interweaves the tales of these families with historical data such as the unions coming in to play in the Boston police department, the molasses disaster, John Hoover at the FBI, Calvin Coolidge then the Governor of Massachusetts, Babe Ruth and the uprising of the new Italian immigrants.

Wonderful book, great writer.  But keep in mind, 720 pages.