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The Given Day

The Given Day

Author(s): Dennis Lehane

Location(s): Boston

Genre(s): Crime, Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Post WW1 onwards



This book is set primarily in Boston, post WW1. It tells the epic story of two families, one white, one black, both trying to find their way through a new order, interweaving in real life people and events. A powerful cast of characters populate this superb story.

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`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.’

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021