DETAILS: The Given Day by Dennis Lehane. Copyright 2008. Historical fiction.
SUMMARY: Two families, one black and one white, struggle to live and love in the chaos and uncertainty in the US following World War I.
PROS: Excellently written with engaging, sharp characters and a very human plot, Mr. Lehane has created a very readable book. I loved the setting and I learned a lot about the racial attitudes and the political climate of the time that I didn't know.
CONS: There were a few parts toward the end that I felt dragged a little. I felt that the book could have been better if it had been tightened up a little.
BOTTOM LINE: I enjoyed this one very much and I am looking forward to the sequel, Live by Night which comes out October 2, 2012 and which I won on Goodreads.com. Four stars out of five.