by Jonny on Mar 3, 2009 at 12:39 pm
Mystic River, Gone baby Gone and The Wire are just a few of the international hits accredited to Dennis Lehane. In his new book, The Given Day, Dennis takes a step away from his usual psychological thrillers and heads down an altogether different path. Reviws so far have been fantasic…
This is a sprawling, enthralling novel… every sentence is a treat, every image vivid….an extraordinary freshness and vitality.
TOBY CLEMENTS, THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
This is a book with Big Ambition written all over it: a thick, doorstopping, compulsively readable epic.
DOUGLAS KENNEDY, THE TIMES
The Given Day stands in the great tradition of the American novel, setting an enthralling personal story against a great sweep of history. The result is epic, romantic and intelligent. I loved it.
The acclaimed author of Mystic River has produced a contender for the Big American Novel… not only a powerful, beautifully written novel, but the best kind of history lesson.
CARLA MACKAY, THE DAILY MAIL
Wrenchingly suspenseful…A majestic, fiery epic [with] a rich, intricate story.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
A brawling, brawny, muscular epic – exactly what great mainstream novels used to be.
[An] engrossing epic [that] carries serious moral gravity.
Although Lehane is keen to offer a complete historical portrait of Boston after the First World War, he does not stint on characters and plot either. It is an accomplished balancing act.
LEO ROBSON, THE DAILY EXPRESS
Dennis Lehane takes on the volatile beginnings of the American century and, like the master storyteller he is, effortlessly makes that vast canvas come alive. A rich and satisfying epic.
STEWART O’NAN, author of THE NIGHT COUNTRY
Beautifully written…ambitious and hugely impressive.
[A] brilliant historical epic. Lehane earned his reputation for writing crime thrillers…And the same hard-boiled skills – and sheer love of storytelling remain in place now he’s turned to something more ambitious.
JAMES WALTON, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
This is history brought thrillingly to life and it makes for a captivating read from start to finish.
SIOBHAN MURPHY, METRO
A grand historical epic that rather conspicuously sets its cap at the status of Great American Novel.
TOM SUTCLIFFE, THE INDEPENDENT
Following on from his triumphant Q & A session at Borders we have for you a real gem. Click the link below to hear Dennis talking about writing his book The Given Day and reading aloud from it especially for us at Between The Lines.
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