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The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
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Dec 16, 2008

it was amazing
Read in December, 2008

This is a book that is hard to put down. It is a historical fiction that takes place in 1918 and 1919 mostly in Boston, MA. There is a real person in history in it. Babe Ruth is featured. He played with the Boston Red Sox when they won the world series in 1918. The book deals with class warfare and prejudice. There is an African American man named Luther who first meets Babe Ruth and actually plays baseball with him and other players of the Red Sox. Babe Ruth treated him like an equal when he was by himself, but when his teammates joined him, he acted like a jerk. When one of his teammates would be tagged out, they would say they were safe. He backed his team even when he knew they were wrong. He sees Luther while he's playing in a game later in the book and it rattles him. His winning streak is over when he sees Luther.
One thing that makes the book so hard to put down is the family that it features. There is an Irish family who has two members in the police department. One son, Danny, is a patrolman and the father is a police captain. Danny comes to represent the police officers in the police union while his father is part of administration. Danny and the union are trying to get better pay and better working conditions for their fellow officers. Good characters. and interesting story.

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