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The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
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May 25, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: donated, historical-fiction
Read from May 25 to June 17, 2012

Very good fictional account of the union movement at the beginning of the 20th century, told through the lives of an Irish Catholic family of policemen, a black man trying to come to grips with a crime he committed in Tulsa, corruption in the police department, civil unrest and conflict between various immigrant populations. The descriptions Lehane uses are so vivid, I loved them, For example describing a mob, "they all bore the same pinned back charge, the look of street dogs at sundown on the night of a full moon." or on a fast pitch in baseball "that ball leaving his hand like he'd caught it sleeping with his daughter." If you enjoy fictional accounts of American History then don't miss this one.

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