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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,149 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dennis Lehane Narrator: Michael Boatman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: Joe Coughlin Series Release Date:
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From Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Mystic River and Shutter Island, comes the paperback edition of The Given Day, an unflinching family epic that captures the political unrest of a nation caught between a well-patterned past and an unpredictable future. This beautifully written novel of American history 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 at the end of World War I.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] massive, enormously readable new novel…A huge leap forward for Lehane.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Passionate and powerful.” 

    Chicago Tribune

  • “This may be Lehane’s finest work.” 

    USA Today

  • “In 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

  • “Dennis Lehane’s epic story of one family in post-WWI Boston is truly a massive achievement…Narrator Michael Boatman delivers a solid performance filled with the rich elements of the story itself—layered characters, moving dialogue, and a powerful message.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2008 New York Times Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Fiction
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2008 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charlie Crummer | 2/17/2014

    " This was a fascinating read. Pretty historically accurate. I'd put it in the class with Ken Follett's "The Pillars of the Earth" and "World without End." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/16/2014

    " Once again Dennis Lehane comes through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joanne Costello | 2/5/2014

    " Not Lehane's usual gritty drama/mystery genre but a really gripping historical fiction with great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Irene Ziegler | 2/3/2014

    " As always, Lehane's skill with dialogue lifts this tale of Boston's working class from melodrama to a high stakes story of good vs evil. Nora's undoing is worthy of Henry James. "

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