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Small Mercies
Small Mercies | Dennis Lehane
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"Lehane is the master of complex human characters thrust into suspenseful, page-turning situations." --Gillian Flynn"One of the great diabolical thriller kings."--New York Times "Lehane has built a career as a philosopher of the human animal."--Noah HawleyThe acclaimed New York Times bestselling writer returns with a masterpiece to rival Mystic River--an all-consuming tale of revenge, family love, festering hate, and insidious power, set against one of the most tumultuous episodes in Boston's history.In the summer of 1974 a heatwave blankets Boston and Mary Pat Fennessey is trying to stay one step ahead of the bill collectors. Mary Pat has lived her entire life in the housing projects of "Southie," the Irish American enclave that stubbornly adheres to old tradition and stands proudly apart.One night Mary Pat's teenage daughter Jules stays out late and doesn't come home. That same evening, a young Black man is found dead, struck by a subway train under mysterious circumstances.The two events seem unconnected. But Mary Pat, propelled by a desperate search for her missing daughter, begins turning over stones best left untouched--asking questions that bother Marty Butler, chieftain of the Irish mob, and the men who work for him, men who don't take kindly to any threat to their business.Set against the hot, tumultuous months when the city's desegregation of its public schools exploded in violence, Small Mercies is a superb thriller, a brutal depiction of criminality and power, and an unflinching portrait of the dark heart of American racism. It is a mesmerizing and wrenching work that only Dennis Lehane could write.
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Audiobook from Audible is on sale today

Tamra Oh so good! 3mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Whew this book. All the trigger warnings, but I tore through it. My grandmother was born in Southie, but my family had moved to the South Shore by the time I was born. Still Mary Pat seemed real to me. Would it be weird to give this book to my mom for Mother‘s Day?

Suet624 Being from the Boston area, I think you should. I found the book to be true to the area and the time. 3mo
Tamra The characterization & pacing is amazing! 3mo
Jari-chan Such an impressive book! 3mo
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Cathythoughts
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Boston 1970‘s. Tough times. I can‘t go on with this one. It‘s too hard core. I understand Mary Pat and where‘s she‘s coming from. Her life is tragic. But where‘s she going to ? I won‘t find out as I bailed before half way. I started off engaging with the story. But I found it relentless. I wanted to stage an intervention. Get Mary Pat out of there. Maybe it‘s because of the terrible violence right now in the world, this hit me all the harder.

Suet624 I understand. I read several books recently that just about did me in. I needed to take a break. 3mo
Cathythoughts @Suet624 Yes. ❤️ We are living in desperate times. ❤️ 3mo
Tamra Indeed, it is gritty & raw. 😐 I loved Mary Pat despite her rough edges. 3mo
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Cathythoughts @Tamra I really felt for her. But ( in as far as I got in the story ) I couldn‘t imagine how her life could end well. Her tough edges seemed to hide a dying center. Nothing was sacred any more. She loved her daughter. I felt Mary Pat was on a self destructive path ( through no fault of her own ) .. but it was getting worse and so hard to watch. So much pain for one woman. 3mo
squirrelbrain Sounds like a tough read, Cathy. 3mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Yes. I‘d usually be up for it. Something about the MC … ❤️ 3mo
Ruthiella I‘ve read a couple other books by Lehane and they were pretty emotionally exhausting . 3mo
vlwelser My coworker had to stop reading it. He couldn't take all the racism. Or more the reminder about how bad it is. So embarrassing. 3mo
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella Yes , emotionally exhausting is it 👍🏻 I felt depleted. ♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @vlwelser It was everything !! Tough read 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
Cathythoughts @dabbe 😂🤩X 3mo
BarbaraBB I know what you mean. I read it recently and finished it but I wanted the intervention too! 3mo
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB Yes everything was so chaotic and she was so vulnerable. 3mo
emmasm08 Oh blimey ! I almost feel like I need to read it to share some of the pain around this poor women‘s life ! … 🙈xx 3mo
LeahBergen I find that I haven‘t been up for “hard” reads lately either. 🫤 3mo
Cathythoughts @emmasm08 👍🏻❤️ I might go back to it sometime as I‘d like to know what happens. Maybe when I‘m in another frame of mind. X 3mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Ya , me neither. Xx 3mo
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vlwelser
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One of my friends had to stop reading this because he couldn't take all of the racism. As in, we live in Boston so being reminded of how gross this is was a bit much. And the homophobia. Because this was set in the 70s, you'd hope it was better but Boston is pretty well known for this situation. If you liked Mystic River, and you can get through the halfway point, this really is very well written.

#DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks

TheBookHippie It‘s in my TBR somewhere. I‘ll have to move it closer to the top. 4mo
Tamra This was outstanding on audio! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 4mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I‘m ready for a new audio 👍🏻 I‘ll try this one. 4mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I just got it on audio ❤️ 4mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️this was a tough read about tough people living in a tough area, Southie of Boston during bussing of kids to desegregate in the 70s. It was a difficult read living inside of people with such hatred and racism but FACTS! This is how it was. Although I was heartbroken for Mary Pat and her daughter, I despised their ugly nature. Lots of different feels!

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OMG! That Mary Pat was a badass Southie Broad. I hadn‘t read any Lehane besides Mystic River, but this I may have to put him on my list of authors to look for at used book sales. Another pick from @CBee and her #auldlangspine list.

Tamra 👏🏾👏🏾🙌🏾 6mo
CBee Wasn‘t she?? Loved her and this book was intense!! Pretty plant too, is that a pothos? 🪴 🤓 6mo
RebelReader @cbee yes it‘s a pothos. I need to repot it! When it gets dry it wants to tip over. 🤣 6mo
CBee @RebelReader I have one that desperately needs a repot. I‘ve already gotten two more plants from the original, it exploded! 6mo
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Just finished an excellent audio of Dennis Lehane‘s Small Mercies, he writes a gritty Boston. The story is told over the background of busing in an effort to end segregation of schools in Boston in the 70‘s. I enjoys the book so much and it got me thinking about the back story as well. I found this documentary on YouTube, well done and interesting. It‘s a good day for me when a fiction book brings historical awareness. Doc link in comments.

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MallenNC
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Mary Pat Fennessy has learned two things from her Boston neighborhood— how to hate and how to fight. This compelling novel follows what happens as Mary Pat tries to find her daughter, and the city deals with the aftermath of suspicious death. It‘s very hard to read the explicit racism in this novel, but it was certainly true of the time and place. Lehane really brings her to life and she‘s a character I know I‘ll keep thinking about. ⬇️

MallenNC I‘ve never read Lehane before but I can see why so much of his work has been made into movies. This was my #BookSpin for January and my first #AuldLangSpine book. 6mo
Tamra Oh I just loved this novel and Mary Pat! Agreed, very cinematic. (edited) 6mo
MallenNC @Tamra I loved that a woman was given the storyline this book has. It‘s much more typical of a male character I think. 6mo
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Tamra @MallenNC yes, very strong willed and speaks her mind. (edited) 6mo
Suet624 Legate knows how to keep you invested in a story. Mary Pat was 🔥 6mo
Amiable I totally agree about the subject matter being tough to read. Lehane‘s writing is so authentic—you feel like these are people you could know. I love his books —if you want to give him another go, I‘d suggest this one that (yes!) was made into a movie: 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 6mo
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DHill
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First read of 2024 tagged. A definite recommend.

@BookmarkTavern #sundayfunday

BookmarkTavern Excellent! Thanks for sharing! 6mo
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DHill
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Is there anything Dennis Lehane writes that doesn‘t completely wreck you?

Gritty, hard, bleak and so sad with just a nugget of hope.

First finished of ‘24 and I won‘t be surprised if it‘s one of my top reads of the year. #prediction

Tamra I loved it too! Mary Pat is quite an amazing, complicated character. Probably my favorite character last year. 7mo
SamAnne I have been trying to get to this one. 7mo
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Fuuuuu🙌🏼k. FR. Super uncomfortable. Read the summaries & reviews, I have nothing new to add. Excellent narration.

Tamra One my favorites this year! So unbelievably good. 7mo
RebL @Tamra Ohmigosh yes! I even recommended it to my snobbiest literary friend. 7mo
Tamra @RebL 😆 I may suggest it to my work bookclub with some fair warning. 7mo
RebL @Tamra Yup. Plenty o‘ warnings. Brace yourself, dear reader. You will be offended and horrified. 7mo
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DHill
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Saturday morning reading with the trusty trio.

#dogsoflitsy

Sleepswithbooks The cuteness 🥰 7mo
Bookzombie Adorable! 7mo
BookishMadHatter So cozy! Happy reading 7mo
dabbe Hello there, sweet floofs! 🖤🐾🐾🐾🖤 7mo
Gissy Awww🐶🐶🐶💚❤️💚🎄 7mo
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BarbaraBB
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Mary Pat is the antihero in this book which shows Boston at its ugliest in the early 70s. With nothing less to lose she starts looking for the truth in a world filled with racism, hate, drugs and corruption. Although funny at times it‘s mostly sad. The explanation of the title however, felt like a little light in a dark read.

#TBRTarot

TrishB Good to know 👍🏻 on the pile. 8mo
squirrelbrain Great review - I have this on Kindle. 8mo
vlwelser I keep snoozing this library hold. I should just read it. Seems very Dennis Lehane. 8mo
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Tamra So good! And this is outside my wheelhouse. 8mo
CBee Very sad, super dark, but so powerful! 8mo
Suet624 I liked this one. Lehane knows the Boston that I remember from the 70's. 8mo
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I am glad I‘m not the only one thinking this at times 😂😂

squirrelbrain 🤣🤣🤣 8mo
Tamra Nope! 😆 This is such a great novel - the audio narration was fantastic. 8mo
Megabooks lol!! 8mo
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 48/23

I am in the middle of The Rachel Incident for the #ToB longlist and it‘s quite funny. I am also reading For Your Own Good, a decent thriller. Next will be the tagged book.

Bookwormjillk I‘ve heard so many good things about Small Mercies. 8mo
squirrelbrain I‘m waiting for The Rachel Incident from the library….. 8mo
Tamra Small Mercies! 💜 8mo
TrishB I have Small Mercies on my kindle- not got to - will look forward to your review. 8mo
Suet624 Looking forward to your reviews on these... 8mo
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Amiable
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🔎 I‘d say the tagged book, although it may be more of a thriller than a mystery. Is there a difference? 🤷🏻‍♀️
🔎Nothing specific on my radar at the moment but I‘m open to suggestions! And if Dennis Lehane or S.A. Cosby write more I‘ll be all over those.
🔎 I love a snarky, smart-ass detective. Or villain. Or sidekick. Basically snarkiness that makes me snort wins my heart every time.

#ihavequestions
@RaeLovesToRead

RaeLovesToRead Yeah, I'm keeping a close eye on #cloakanddaggerchristmas posts for recommendations! Love a bit of snark too 😋 8mo
Tamra Terrific choice - Small Mercies! 8mo
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CBee
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No review I write can possibly do this book justice, so I‘ll just leave this quote: “I‘m not a person anymore, Bobby. I‘m a testament. That‘s what ghosts are - they‘re testaments to what never should have happened and must be fixed before their spirits leave this world.”

CBee #doublespin for November complete 🙂 @TheAromaofBooks 8mo
CBee #TBRtarot for November - #persononcover 8mo
Tamra Soooo good! 8mo
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TheBookHippie This was good. 8mo
CBee @Tamra @TheBookHippie amazing book. Couldn‘t even start another one tonight because of the book hangover! 8mo
TheBookHippie @CBee I read the ARC I felt the same way. 8mo
BarbaraBB Great review! Very intriguing 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 8mo
Suet624 Beautiful quote. Great book. 8mo
CBee @Suet624 I really, really liked Mary Pat. Not that I agreed with everything she did, but what a character! 8mo
Suet624 @CBee I completely agree. Such a great character. 8mo
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Suet624
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The issue of desegregation in Boston is what the book begins with but ultimately it‘s about mob bosses (think Whitey Bulger) and the devastation and chaos they bring, about Southie - the area of South Boston - and Mary Pat, a mom who lives in the midst of murder and heartbreak. The writing was great and it brought me back in time to the area and those events. Mary Pat is a complex character and I cared for her from start to finish.

BarbaraBB This is one I want to read soon. Great review! 9mo
SamAnne Really hoping to get to this one this fall/winter. 9mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB he has a way of writing about Boston that is so distinct and accurate. His characters feel very real to me. 9mo
Suet624 @SamAnne I hope you like it. Definitely has some violent parts to it. 9mo
CBee I‘m reading this one now. Great so far! 9mo
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Suet624
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Reading this one now and I just keep thinking back to Michael Patrick MacDonald's book about Southie: All Souls: A Family Story from Southie. All Souls was written by a man who grew up there. He and his family lived through desegregation and the disintegration of his neighborhood as a result of drugs and Whitey Bulgher. I‘d link to my past review but can‘t figure out how. 😀

jlhammar Yes, this also made me think back to All Souls (read many years ago)! Recently watched the American Experience episode (PBS) - The Busing Battleground - and MacDonald makes an appearance. Good documentary. 9mo
Tamra I hope you like this one - I loved it! 9mo
Suet624 @jlhammar I‘ll have to search for the doc. (edited) 9mo
Suet624 @Tamra I‘m really liking it. 9mo
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Jari-chan
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This book is hard, this book is though. It's impressive how Lehane captures all the different point of views and lets his characters talk about their fears and thoughts. Dennis Lehane does not write lovable characters, but human ones. He gets deep into their souls. And into the soul of the city and the time. I'm glad I read this book. Once again I learned about history. A sad part, though...

#TitlesAndTunes #Blues @barbarabb @cinfhen

Cinfhen Yesssssss!!! This book was SO GOOD!!! So powerful!!! 9mo
Jari-chan @Cinfhen It truly is!!! 9mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I have this one waiting for me on my shelves! 9mo
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Jari-chan @BarbaraBB I hope you're going to like it as much as we did 🙏 9mo
Suet624 Reading it now and can‘t put it down. 9mo
Jari-chan @Suet624 Great to hear that! 9mo
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Cinfhen
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#BeachDay I actually forgot my physical book at home 🤦🏼‍♀️but luckily I I have this awesome audiobook on hand💜 I forgot how much I LOVE narration by Robin Miles. 🙌🏻 Shoutout to @Amiable who put this book on her #Top10Summer2023Reads #DoubleSpin

Simona Looks very calming ♥️ 10mo
Cinfhen Hi!!! How are you?!? Hope all is well 🩷 Beach is GORGEOUS today @Simona 10mo
Amiable It‘s so good, right? Have a great day at the beach! 10mo
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Cinfhen @Amiable Mary Pat is my hero🙌🏻I NEED to read more by Lehane (edited) 10mo
Amiable @Cinfhen He‘s fabulous! Definitely read this one 10mo
Cinfhen @Amiable 👍🏽I read and liked 10mo
CoffeeAndABook Hi Cindy, just wanted to make sure you and your family are ok after the shocking attacks on Israel tonight 😔 sending a hug!! 10mo
Simona I‘m well, thank you 😊 Slowly getting back to the reading … I hope that you and your family are well 🙏 10mo
Bklover Hi Cindy! Is your family ok? Just checking on you all. I‘m so sorry this happens. Sending you lots of love. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
CBee Chiming in here to check on you 💚 9mo
Suet624 Cindy, my first thought was of you. 9mo
Graywacke Thinking of you and your family and community. 9mo
sarahbarnes Thinking of you Cindy and hoping you‘re safe. 9mo
Cinfhen Thank God my family and our area is safe (for now) but we are devastated by what is occurring in the southern cities. It‘s worse than what is being reported. And unfortunately because military service is mandatory for all citizens from the ages of 18-35 everyone we know has a child right now being called in. I‘m beyond gutted. My son was discharged last summer for medical reasons but his unit is really in the thick of things right now and my 👇🏽 9mo
Cinfhen heart is breaking for all the parents who are probably sick with worry. I appreciate your thoughts and ask that you continue to keep the people of Israel in your prayers @sarahbarnes @Graywacke @Suet624 @CBee @Bklover @CoffeeAndABook 9mo
CBee @Cinfhen thank goodness you and yours are safe 💚 9mo
Cinfhen And to think yesterday I was at the beach feeling so carefree @CBee but I‘m beyond grateful that my family is safe and hopefully out of harm‘s way. 9mo
kspenmoll I am praying for you & your family & country. I hope you stay safe.The news clips are devastating, shocking & heartbreaking. 9mo
Ruthiella Just woke up and heard the news. ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
sarahbarnes I‘m so sorry and so glad to hear you‘re safe. Keeping you in my thoughts. ♥️ 9mo
JenReadsAlot Thinking of you and your family 9mo
Cinfhen It‘s a nightmare situation @kspenmoll @Ruthiella @JenReadsAlot the news we‘re receiving is devastating and heartbreaking. In the past few hours we‘ve experienced several rocket attacks. I appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers 🩷🩷🩷 (edited) 9mo
Leftcoastzen Worried for you and your family ,holding you all in my heart ❤️ 9mo
Cinfhen It‘s been a terrible terrible day @Leftcoastzen I appreciate your kind thoughts. My heart is heavy 9mo
CoffeeAndABook I‘m so shocked by what I‘m hearing. This is terrifying. Reading about the young soldiers and hostages breaks my heart. Yes my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your country ❤️‍🩹 9mo
Bklover Thank you for the update, my friend. I have thought about you and your family and everyone in Israel today and I am just sorry. Sorry for the way the world is right now, sorry that all of the young people there that are risking their lives when this shouldn‘t be happening. I‘m sorry for the devastation you all are having to deal with (again and again). I‘m sorry I can‘t do more than pray for you. Please let me know if there anything I could do💔 9mo
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Floresj
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Thriller set in Boston during the desegregation of 1974 in South Boston. Mary Pat is a bad ass and though her methods are morally questionable, it didn‘t make me like her any less. “Broken but unbreakable” might be one of my favorite quotes of the book.

jlhammar Great read! I just watched this related American Experience (PBS), makes a great companion to this book:
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/busing-battleground/hickleberr...
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Jari-chan
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I just finished my #TitlesAndTunes for September, so it fits perfectly to set up my next choices.

My book for #Blues was a preorder that just arrived when I started thinking about Octobers topic. I read the blurb and the decision was made. And when I think of #Blues I think of Aretha Franklin and of The Blues Brothers. So here you go. Hard choice between Respect and Think, but the latter just fits the book a little better.

@barbarabb @cinfhen

BarbaraBB Clever thinking! And what a great song for the playlist 💙 10mo
Jari-chan @BarbaraBB Yay, thank you🤭 10mo
Cinfhen I love your twist on the prompt!! I‘m really eager to get to this book too!!! 10mo
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Liz_M I almost used the Blues Brothers for am earlier prompt 😁 10mo
Jari-chan @Cinfhen Thank you 😊 Looking forward to hearing your opinion if you get to it. 10mo
Jari-chan @Liz_M Oh, nice! What song were you thinking about? 10mo
Cinfhen Reading, well actually I‘m listening to the audio….right now ! SOOOOO good (edited) 10mo
Jari-chan @Cinfhen I can't wait to start it as well! Let's hope the German translation is as good as your audio book 🤞 10mo
Cinfhen 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 10mo
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Tamra
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5⭐️ Mary Pat is LARGER than life and though she is most definitely a flawed problematic character, (as in rude, crude, & socially unacceptable) you can‘t help but root for her quest for justice.

Many painful truths & societal mirrors here and the dialogue is amazing.

Warning for profanity.

Amiable Lehane is so good! 10mo
Tamra @Amiable I need to research his backlist! 10mo
Amiable @Tamra Oh my goodness, you are in for a treat! Have you read this one? It‘s my favorite 10mo
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jlhammar Yes, Mary Pat!! So glad you enjoyed it. Should make a great series. I think Lehane is set to adapt it for AppleTV+. 10mo
Tamra @Amiable thank you! 10mo
Tamra @jlhammar oh, this could be a great adaptation! 10mo
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candc320
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Mary Pat Fennessy is…a…BADASS! A twisted up, angry, and violent woman living in the twisted up, angry, and violent world of South Boston in the 70‘s, she decides to take matters into her own hands when her daughter goes missing on the same night a young, black man is killed nearby. She refuses to backdown even when she‘s told in no uncertain terms to let it go and chaos ensues. Set against the desegregation of Boston schools the story ⬇️

candc320 Cont‘d: highlights the hypocrisy between the racist/sexist/vicious world of the Southies and the “problems” they seem to think will come from integrating their schools. It feels very real yet terrifying to think that people would lice this way by choice. So hard and mean an existence. Really good story! 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 10mo
LiteraryinLawrence Great review! 10mo
candc320 Thank you, @LiteraryinLawrence !!! 10mo
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CaitlinR
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Set in Boston during the first phase of the court mandated busing/desegregation. Two teens are dead. One black, killed by white students in an act of blind hatred, the other a young pregnant white woman who dared to call out the Irish mob for their sexual hypocrisy.

In ‘74 I was 19, and remember the visceral racial hatred in Boston. Lehane captures this period with real skill, reminding us that we share collective guilt for the forces at play.

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Amiable
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My FICTION bracket for July. This book was set in Boston in 1974 when the city was embroiled in busing to desegregate its public schools. I lived in Boston in the ‘80s, not long after the events depicted in the book. What I love about Dennis Lehane is his ear for realistic dialogue. These characters sound like real people I knew. This book was a wild ride that I could not put down.

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Amiable
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This book. Dear God, this book. 💔💔

dabbe Whoah. 💔😳 12mo
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FortunateSon
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Reading Lehane's latest and loving it. Mary Pat is the most bad-ass female character I've seen in crime fiction in a real long time.

Bookwormjillk Just got this from the library! 12mo
Amiable I just finished this yesterday. Great book! I loved Mary Pat. 12mo
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EverydayImReading
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While the fictional story Itself is not great it is set alongside the real events that occurred during the desegregation of the Boston public schools in the 70s and 80s and it‘s wonderfully portrayed by Lehane. Always a consummate storyteller but I don‘t think it‘s his best novel. However he deals with the real life of the Southie women and gangs brilliantly and worth reading for that alone.

Cathythoughts Great review Sinead 👍🏻♥️ stacking. 12mo
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jlhammar
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Not a comfortable read, but really good. Intense! Flawed, complicated characters. Well-paced, unflinching and quite violent. If you enjoy S. A. Cosby‘s books, I think you‘d get on with this. My B&N edition ended with a great author exclusive “End of Summer.” I‘ll include a few author interviews in the comments below which provide some of that same valuable context.

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Kazzie
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Interesting story, but I was pretty uncomfortable my some of the language. Might have been better in own voices?

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TiredLibrarian
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This was so good, but it's not for the faint of heart: there are no heroes, and there's a fair amount of violence. But Dennis Lehane can write like nobody's business. #mystery #thriller

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CSeydel
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#maystats

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Small Mercies | Dennis Lehane
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Just started this last night & couldn't put it down! Great so far, even if the main character is hard to like at times. Can't wait to see where this is going. #mystery

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Addison_Reads
Small Mercies | Dennis Lehane
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Pickpick

It has been years since I read a book by Lehane and after finishing this one I'm upset I've been missing out all these years.

This book isn't going to be for everyone, but I loved it. Although it's marketed as a thriller, it's also a look at relationships, neighbors, community, and how one person's actions can affect others.

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Kimbono
Small Mercies | Dennis Lehane
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Halfway through Small Mercies and all I can say is Wow! Dennis Lehane can WRITE.

Bookwomble House Panther 🐈‍⬛😻 1y
Amiable I love Dennis Lehane —he‘s a favorite of mine. 1y
jlhammar Hoping to start this one next weekend. Can't wait! 1y
Kimbono @Amiable @jlhammar Ooooh, this was a nonstop, brutal whirlwind of a book. I gave it five stars but it won‘t be a book for everyone. 1y
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CSeydel
Small Mercies | Dennis Lehane
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Powerful, propulsive and deeply thought-provoking. Small Mercies succeeds not only as a tightly written thriller and an homage to a singular time and place, but as a searing exploration of what we gain - and what we give up - in the name of identity and community. Lehane‘s observations of how the powerful manipulate the vulnerable, pitting them against other vulnerable groups to cement their own power, feel incredibly relevant today.

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Small Mercies | Dennis Lehane
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“Change, for those who don‘t have a say in it, feels like a pretty word for death. Death to what you want, death to whatever plans you‘d been making, death to the life you‘ve always known.”

This book is sensational!

jlhammar Can't wait to start this one! 1y
TiredLibrarian I'm eagerly awaiting for my library hold on this to come in. Dennis Lehane can write! 1y
kspenmoll I put in for a library hold. 1y
CSeydel @jlhammar @TiredLibrarian @kspenmoll You won‘t be disappointed! 1y
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Small Mercies | Dennis Lehane
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This week in bails! Reading this week has been a struggle, so it may be me and not them. Take with a grain of 🧂

Mercies…I hate when an author goes on with a person doing something and various other characters telling them not to do it. I just got tired of Mary asking about her daughter and the goons saying stop asking questions. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Passage…really don‘t need another gun story now. Overwhelming these days.

Chain ⬇️

Megabooks Chain-gang…he did a lot of really interesting world building as far as the death sport itself and the rules and laws that allowed it, but to me, he sacrificed the heart of these prisoners and my emotional connection to them in trying to be so accurate and detailed. I‘m going to try audio though. I‘m in line at the library. 1y
TiredLibrarian Sorry to hear about Small Mercies. I usually love Dennis Lehane, and have a hold on this one from the library. 😕 1y
Megabooks @TiredLibrarian I have enjoyed him in the past. I definitely think it‘s a grain of salt moment with that one. The points he was making about racism and busing were very interesting, but the mystery part was a bit subpar for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 1y
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squirrelbrain Oh, I had high hopes for Chain-Gang. I have a digital ARC so I‘ll still read it anyway. 1y
BarbaraBB I had high hopes for Chain-gang and Small Mercies. But I am actually glad I won‘t need to run to get them 😉 1y
Cinfhen I bailed on Chain Gang this week too. I have audio and I ordered the book as I had MAJORLY HIGH expectations- I‘ll try again 1y
Megabooks @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen yeah, I was really hopeful at chain-gang because the idea is so cool and thought-provoking, but the execution didn‘t elevate it at all! 1y
BarbaraBB Simon bought Small Mercies because he loved Lehane‘s other books so I‘ll probably will read it too at some moment 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 1y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I hope y‘all like it more. It just wasn‘t clicking for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
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kbuggle
Small Mercies | Dennis Lehane
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Newest Lehane is set in Southie during the school desegregation busing of the 70s. He always gets the Boston elements right, even the ugly ones, and there are plenty of ugly characters here. There‘s plenty of action packed in. I‘m sure this will end up being a film at some point.