I feel at last that the Winter is finally coming to an end, so i am hoping that you can all find time in your busy schedules to come to Book Group next month. We will be reading The Given Day by Denis Lehane. I currently have two copies behind the desk and more are winging there way over via Inter Library Loan.
The Given Day is set in Boston at the end of the First World War, capturing the political and social unrest of a nation caught at the crossroads between past and future. There is a cast of unforgettable characters that tell the story of two families--one black, one white--swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries and anarchists, immigrants and ward bosses, all engaged in a battle for survival and power.
Lehane uses some of the most influential figures of the era--Babe Ruth, Woodrow Wilson; Massachusetts governor Calvin Coolidge; and an ambitious young Department of Justice lawyer named John Hoover to keep the story flowing from one event to the next.
Coursing through some of the pivotal events of the time--including the Spanish Influenza pandemic--and culminating in the Boston Police Strike of 1919, The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself.
The Next Book Group will be meeting on April 5th at 7pm, I look forward to seeing you all and hearing your thoughts.