Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Civil War Era Historical Fiction of Rare Excellence: Read a free sample of our eBook of the Day, Unmentionables, by David Greene, without leaving your browser!

By Stephen Windwalker, 
Publisher of Planet iPad 
& Kindle Nation Daily

I don't go out on a limb like this for one of our sponsors more than two or three times a year, but I hope you will read David Greene's novel Unmentionables, because it is a terrific, life-affirming read.

I could care less about the little controversies that some will associate with it, because this book is so much better than you might expect if you focus on them. It should have a place in every reader's library, and the sooner you make time to read it the sooner you will share the great experience I've had the past few days. 

I'm not going to pigeon-hole Unmentionables by saying "think Gone with the Wind meets Brokeback Mountain," because that wouldn't do justice to the novelist's achievement in recreating a historical world that seems to suggest the impossibilty that he might actually have been present for everything that happened just outside Margaret Mitchell's earshot.

This book spent time as the the #1 bestseller among over 1,700 Kindle books in its leading genre list and challenging authors from Ken Follett to Jean Auel on the historical fiction bestseller list.  (Editor's note:  at the moment, no genre rankings show on the book's page on Amazon.  It takes time for those lists to re-emerge if the author revises the book or changes the cover.)  But the surprise for some in the publishing industry will come when it emerges as one of the top indie crossover hits of 2011. I hope you will join me in discovering a remarkable new voice in fiction.

One reviewer wrote about recognizing, in David Greene's prose, a style similar to that of Anthony Trollope or other 19th century novelists. Although that frankly did not strike me, I will say that one important element of Greene's triumph here is strikingly reminiscent of the great tradition of English novelists from Eliot and Hardy to D.H. Lawrence. Part of what made the English novel of the 19th and early 20th century so compelling was the existence of class and social barriers that locked characters out from opportunities to live their dreams.

American culture has often tended to homogenize our experience and deny the existence of such barriers to focus on less compelling personal idiosyncracies, but the barriers are there, they have always been there, and in Unmentionables Greene gives resonance to those barriers, to their human cost, and to the passion and nobility that such barriers can inspire in "ordinary people."
-Steve Windwalker

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