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A seasoned TV and film actor, Michael Boatman is an excellent choice for Lehane's historical fiction. Set in Boston at the time of the 1919 policemen's strike, the novel involves a range of characters including Babe Ruth and sundry African-American, Irish, Irish-American, Italian and Italian-American men and women. Boatman creates a clear and engaging persona for each and handles all the accents convincingly. His pacing helps draw listeners into the lives contorted by the social, economic and political turmoil of the era that Lehane describes so exquisitely. Fans of Mystic River will be swept into this full-bodied production. A Morrow hardcover (Reviews, July 7). (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Lehane's ambitious historical novel about the 1919 Boston police strike displays all the qualities of his acclaimed crime fiction: a compelling narrative, richly drawn characters, and an abiding love for his hometown. Readers will not soon forget the opening scene, as Babe Ruth and his white teammates play a racially charged pickup baseball game with some talented African American amateurs. (LJ 8/08) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"A brawling, brawny, muscular epic-exactly what great mainstream novels used to be." -- Lee Child
"One of the fall's biggest books-and not just because it's 704 pages. It's Lehane's most ambitious and literary work." -- USA Today
"The problem falls to readers to find something-anything-that doesn't pale in comparison once they've closed the covers on this 720-page masterpiece. Quite simply, THE GIVEN DAY is about as close to the great American novel as we're likely to read until . well, until Lehane writes another." -- BookPage
Gut-wrenching force. . . . A majestic, fiery epic. . . . The Given Day is a huge, impassioned, intensively researched book that brings history alive. --New York Times
[Lehane] deserves to be included among the most interesting and accomplished American novelists of any genre or category. . . . A powerful moment in history, and Lehane makes the most of it. . . . Heartfelt and moving. --Washington Post Book World
Steeped in history but wearing its research lightly, The Given Day is a meaty, rich, old-fashioned and satisfying tale. I d call it Lehane s masterpiece. --Seattle Times
This may be Lehane s finest work. . . . But The Given Day is more than a history lesson. . . . Lehane captures the essence of being American in a fast-changing society that eerily reflects our own. --USA Today
Brilliantly constructed. . . . Like E. L. Doctorow in Ragtime, Lehane captures the sense of a country coming of age, vividly dramatizing how the conflicting emotions and tortured dreams that drive individual human lives also send a nation roiling forward. --Booklist (starred review)
[A] work of admirable ambition and scope. . . . Lehane is as much like contemporaries George Pelecanos and Richard Price as he is like the bygone Boston-based John P. Marquand, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. --Los Angeles Times Book Review
As much a thriller as any of Lehane s previous work. Even beyond the historical events, THE GIVEN DAY qualifies as a sprawling, sweeping epic. . . . Lehane s masterful packing and precise prose make the story speed by. --Orlando Sentinel
Superbly written, meticulously researched. . . . A thoughtful, provocative exploration of race, fame, power, and political corruption in American culture. . . . The Given Day places [Lehane] in the first rank of modern American novelists. --Associated Press
Here s one way to get people excited about the nation s past: Get Dennis Lehane to write the history books. . . . A meticulously researched tale that in the hands of this master storyteller jumps right off the page and hollers. --St. Petersburg Times
The Given Day is a vast historical novel. . . . Spectacular details. . . . Finely thought-out. . . . . Many stunningly managed scenes. --Boston Globe
A splendid flowering of the talent previously demonstrated in his crime fiction. . . . A vision of redemption and a triumph of the human spirit. In short, this nail-biter carries serious moral gravity. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A gripping historical novel. . . . Infused with the same dark drama that set apart his earlier books. --Parade
A historical epic that is easily the most ambitious work of Dennis Lehane s career. . . . THE GIVEN DAY aspires to be nothing less than the Great American Novel. . . . If Lehane was ever a singles hitter, now he s swinging for the fences. --Kirkus Reviews
One of the fall s biggest books and not just because it s 704 pages. It s Lehane s most ambitious and literary work. --USA Today
If you re swinging for the fences, it only makes sense that your novel begin with a lengthy, and very tasty, story about Babe Ruth. That Dennis Lehane sustains that level of play . . . is what gives THE GIVEN DAY a kind of greatness. . . . Lehane dazzles. --Chicago Sun-Times
Lehane s first historical novel is a clear winner. . . . As good as it gets. --Library Journal (starred review)
Rollicking, brawling, gritty, political, and always completely absorbing, THE GIVEN DAY is a rich and satisfying epic. Readers, get ready to feast. This is a big book you won t want to put down. --Stewart O'Nan, author of Last Night at the Lobster, A Prayer for the Dying, and Snow Angels
A brawling, brawny, muscular epic exactly what great mainstream novels used to be. --Lee Child
The problem falls to readers to find something anything that doesn t pale in comparison once they ve closed the covers on this 720-page masterpiece. Quite simply, THE GIVEN DAY is about as close to the great American novel as we re likely to read until well, until Lehane writes another. --BookPage
Packed with dramatic turning points. . . . Lehane has tried to capture the zeitgeist of an era even nuttier and more tumultuous than our own, and succeeded. --Entertainment Weekly
"A gripping historical novel. . . . Infused with the same dark drama that set apart his earlier books."--Parade
"[Lehane] deserves to be included among the most interesting and accomplished American novelists of any genre or category. . . . A powerful moment in history, and Lehane makes the most of it. . . . Heartfelt and moving."--Washington Post Book World
"Gut-wrenching force. . . . A majestic, fiery epic. . . . The Given Day is a huge, impassioned, intensively researched book that brings history alive."--New York Times
"A brawling, brawny, muscular epic--exactly what great mainstream novels used to be."--Lee Child
"Steeped in history but wearing its research lightly, The Given Day is a meaty, rich, old-fashioned and satisfying tale. I'd call it Lehane's masterpiece."--Seattle Times
"Rollicking, brawling, gritty, political, and always completely absorbing, THE GIVEN DAY is a rich and satisfying epic. Readers, get ready to feast. This is a big book you won't want to put down."--Stewart O'Nan, author of Last Night at the Lobster, A Prayer for the Dying, and Snow Angels
"The Given Day is a vast historical novel. . . . Spectacular details. . . . Finely thought-out. . . . . Many stunningly managed scenes."--Boston Globe
"Superbly written, meticulously researched. . . . A thoughtful, provocative exploration of race, fame, power, and political corruption in American culture. . . . The Given Day places [Lehane] in the first rank of modern American novelists."--Associated Press
"One of the fall's biggest books--and not just because it's 704 pages. It's Lehane's most ambitious and literary work."--USA Today
"Packed with dramatic turning points. . . . Lehane has tried to capture the zeitgeist of an era even nuttier and more tumultuous than our own, and succeeded.""--Entertainment Weekly
"If you're swinging for the fences, it only makes sense that your novel begin with a lengthy, and very tasty, story about Babe Ruth. That Dennis Lehane sustains that level of play . . . is what gives THE GIVEN DAY a kind of greatness. . . . Lehane dazzles."--Chicago Sun-Times
"[A] work of admirable ambition and scope. . . . Lehane is as much like contemporaries George Pelecanos and Richard Price as he is like the bygone Boston-based John P. Marquand, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Here's one way to get people excited about the nation's past: Get Dennis Lehane to write the history books. . . . A meticulously researched tale that in the hands of this master storyteller jumps right off the page and hollers."--St. Petersburg Times
"A splendid flowering of the talent previously demonstrated in his crime fiction. . . . A vision of redemption and a triumph of the human spirit. In short, this nail-biter carries serious moral gravity."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"As much a thriller as any of Lehane's previous work. Even beyond the historical events, THE GIVEN DAY qualifies as a sprawling, sweeping epic. . . . Lehane's masterful packing and precise prose make the story speed by."--Orlando Sentinel
"Brilliantly constructed. . . . Like E. L. Doctorow in Ragtime, Lehane captures the sense of a country coming of age, vividly dramatizing how the conflicting emotions and tortured dreams that drive individual human lives also send a nation roiling forward."--Booklist (starred review)
"Lehane's first historical novel is a clear winner. . . . As good as it gets."--Library Journal (starred review)
"A historical epic that is easily the most ambitious work of Dennis Lehane's career. . . . THE GIVEN DAY aspires to be nothing less than the Great American Novel. . . . If Lehane was ever a singles hitter, now he's swinging for the fences."--Kirkus Reviews
"The problem falls to readers to find something--anything--that doesn't pale in comparison once they've closed the covers on this 720-page masterpiece. Quite simply, THE GIVEN DAY is about as close to the great American novel as we're likely to read until ... well, until Lehane writes another."--BookPage
"This may be Lehane's finest work. . . . But The Given Day is more than a history lesson. . . . Lehane captures the essence of being American in a fast-changing society that eerily reflects our own."--USA Today

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