- Book Title: Unmentionables
- Author: David Greene
- Publisher: SelfPub (March 2, 2010)
- Book Length: 561 pages
- Genre: Gay, Romance, Historical
- Reviewed by: Warren
- Posting Date: June 26, 2015
Every now and again I run up against a book that is totally unexpected and amazing. I have reviewed a few of them, so check the list, and Unmentionable was one of those books. First of all, it’s a historical epic. Next, it encompasses a number of people’s lives, and that is what this story is about.
Unmentionables is about 2 couples, two black slaves, both male, and two wealthy white people, and man and a woman. The story begins just before the Civil War breaks out, and continues until just past the battle of Shiloh. And this story doesn’t hold anything back as far as the horrors the wealthy plantation owners put the slaves through. It also has a great grasp of what society must have been like during this period, for both the slaves and the landowners.
To a great degree, this is a coming of age/maturity novel. Each of the four, along with the secondary characters, must make life and death decisions and changes to chase their dreams and follow their hearts.
Mr. Greene has written a book that is very well researched, has heart and soul, makes you laugh and cry, and get angry and frustrated. The story is not a hard one to read, but some of the situations can be quite uncomfortable, as they should with an epic novel as this.
One of the techniques I must speak of is the short periods that Mr. Greene imagines the dogs in the family’s lives, and what they must be thinking, feeling, and observing as the story goes along. It added just the light-hearted moments that kept Unmentionable from becoming heavy or just too much. Be prepared to be enchanted, angered, and amused, and don’t forget to have the box of tissues close by.
There is some sex, both m/m and m/f, but isn’t the types of written sex that will make anyone uncomfortable. And it is used with all the love these two couples share. This is simply a beautiful story.