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MARCH 14, 2009
The Given Day ~ Dennis Lehane

    The Given Day by Dennis Lehane is one of my favorite recent reads. I put it out on our Saxton Stars cart but never actually reviewed it. I have been telling people about it at the desk.  You might know Lehane best for two of his books that were made into fine movies, Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone.  Given Day has been called a departure for Lehane, a different type of book than the mystery/thriller his fans are used to reading. I can't say that I quite agree. Though it doesn't feature  Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, detectives in many of his other books, you'll still find much of the action taking place in Boston. Not South Boston, the haunt of most of his books, but this time, a bit north, in Little Italy. It's more of a historical thriller and the best I've read in some time. A simple summary is hard to do as the book is over 700 pages. Set in the early days after World War I, the story is told with a backdrop of The Boston Police Strike and the spanish influenza. It's a story of family, love, passion, racism, and political corruption beyond belief.

If you've already read the book and would like to hear a really good discussion about it, tune into

Open Book Club,        a new website with podcasts hosted by Christy Cashman and Debbie DiMasi. Each episode interviews authors and others about recent books. The Given Day (click to link to the podcast). It's an in depth discussion, lasting approx. 50 min.

Other discussions include

Power Play by Joseph Finder
The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III
The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Condition by Jennifer Haigh
and the latest, The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

If work or other obligations keep you from attending a book discussion, you might enjoy Open Book Club. And if you belong to a book club, you can register it with Open Book Club at this address:   You can also join in the discussion by posting to a book's forum.

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