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The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
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Dec 20, 08

really liked it
Read in December, 2008

The story follows two men, Danny Coughlin, a white cop, and Luther Laurence, a black houseman, through the events that led to the 1919 Boston police strike. The story is moving and compelling. Besides following the main characters' lives for a year, it explores the "red scare" tactics, race relations and union issues of the time. Parts of the story are quite violent and many things are upsetting. (I got so I couldn't read this book at night before bed and still be able to peacefully fall asleep.) I think, however, that many of the truths that the book reflects were violent and upsetting, so it made sense.

Like Lehane's other books, there is no complete redemption for anyone, but this is an excellent, gritty book worthy of the time it takes.
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