- You were born in and live in Boston, also the setting of many of your books. What are the best novels about Boston? Said something
- The Friends of Eddie Coyle, by George V. Higgins. The Last Hurrah, by Edwin O’Connor. The Edge of Sadness, by Edwin O’Connor. And in nonfiction, you can’t forget Common Ground, by J. Anthony Lukas.
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»Lehane’s ambition might also set him apart. Live by Night and 2009’s The Given Day — a book Russo casually calls “the best novel published that year” — have a historical sweep that his earlier work doesn’t, while still dealing with the social issues that interest him, including race, poverty, and violence.«
»An Irish boy from Boston becomes a man dealing with Italian gangsters, Southern Klansmen and Cuban freedom fighters. It’s an original story, and it’s truly American.«