The given day places lehane in the first rank of modern american novelists lisa ko author of the leavers 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 work of admirable ambition and scope . The given day is a novel by american writer dennis lehane published in september 2008 it is about the early twentieth century period and set in boston massachusetts where its actions include the 1919 police strike and tulsa oklahoma where the thriving greenwood district was known as the black wall street. The given day is an historical novel set in boston around the tumultuous times around 1919 the end of world war i the spanish flu unions forming against business owners and huge waves of immigrants coming to the us hoping for a better life. The given day is a huge impassioned intensively researched book that brings history alive by grounding the present in the lessons of the past library journal lehanes long awaited eighth novel is as good as it gets. Babe ruth who turns up throughout the given day is mr lehanes unlikely fulcrum the book begins in september 1918 with ruth on a train en route from chicago to boston in the midst of
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