Title Profile & Character Information

The Given Day

Annotation

Set in Boston at the end of the First World War, bestselling author Dennis Lehane's extraordinary eighth novel unflinchingly captures the political and social unrest of a nation caught at the crossroads where past meets future. Filled with a cast of richly drawn, unforgettable characters, The Given Day tells the story of two families--one black, one white--swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries and anarchists, immigrants and ward bosses, Brahmins and ordinary citizens, all engaged in a battle for survival and power. Coursing through the pivotal events of a turbulent epoch, it explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself.



Awards
2008  Library Journal Best Books of the Year
2008  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year

Characters
NameCoughlin, Danny
GenderMale
OccupationPolice officer

NameLaurence, Luther
GenderMale
TraitsAfrican American
Married
Expectant father

GenreFiction
Historical
Sociological
TopicsWorld War I
Prejudice
Race relations
African American men
Police
Epidemics
Fathers and sons
Anarchists
Undercover investigations
Immigrants
Rebellion
Love
Betrayal
Greed
Labor movements
SettingBoston, Massachusetts
Massachusetts