Unmentionables by David Greene
A Novel

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Unmentionables is an epic story of two pairs of lovers in the Civil War south. One couple is straight, white and wealthy. The other couple is gay, black and enslaved.

Their fates are intertwined in ways that none of them could have imagined.

Jimmy, a field hand, meets Cato, a house servant from a nearby plantation. At first, Jimmy, who despises whites, mistakes Cato for a white man, but soon discovers that Cato is both a slave and the illegitimate son of the plantation owner Augustus Askew. As they become acquainted, Jimmy's fascination with Cato grows into romantic love.

Unmentionables is also the story of Dorothy Holland, whose parents own Jimmy and his sister Ella. Dorothy does not want any man to control her life, or to prevent her from granting freedom to Ella, her lifelong friend. When Dorothy falls in love with Cato’s white half-brother, William Askew, she must persuade him to agree to her terms—and betray his role as a Confederate army officer.

Now a 2010 Book of the Year finalist from ForeWord Review.

About David Greene

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DAVID GREENE is NPR's Morning Programming Host/Correspondent. In this role he is the primary substitute host for "Morning Edition" as well as "Weekend Edition Saturday" and "Sunday". When he is not hosting he brings his deep reporting talents to these programs.
Published March 2, 2010 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 561 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Sometimes I'm overcome, Cato, truly...When I look at this world and see it, I wonder if what I see...is this what others see too?...Because I think if others saw it as I did, they too would be compelled to take up paints and brushes-to try to rope the magnificence of this world onto a canvas...ju...

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