On Tuesday, Dennis Lehane's long-awaited novel The Given Day goes on sale. The author of Mystic River, Shutter Island and the excellent Patrick Kenzie series has turned his attention to historical fiction - specifically the Boston police strike - and family drama.
"Due to travel restrictions placed on Major League Baseball by the Department of Defense during the Great War, the World Series of 1918 was played in September and split into two homestands."
It's like someone threw a bucket of cold water over me. Early 20th Century BASEBALL? I'm sure if I tried hard I could think of something more boring, but I'm not sure what it might be.
Now I know the book is about two families - one black, one white - living through a police strike, but I'm not sure I'm ever going to get past the prologue, which goes on to talk about how Babe Ruth got drunk ("he puked off the rear of the caboose as the train chugged out of Illinois Central Station zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz") I know we're just setting the stage here, but I doubt I'm going to make it past Act 1.
I love Dennis Lehane. I really do. But this is a tough one for me.