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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Unmooring is a work of fiction in the historical and political fiction subgenres. It is best suited to the adult reading audience and was penned by author Ken Fireman. In this complex and intelligently-penned work, we follow the exploits of our protagonist, Michael McMaster, throughout the events of the Vietnam War. During this trying and turbulent era, Michael breaks away from the traditions and ideals upheld by his family to explore political freedom, and cultural shifts and engage in the issues that America had around race and politics at the time. From an interracial marriage to a bold career as an outspoken journalist, this is a novel that showcases the 1960s for all its flaws but also gives optimism for what comes after.
I find myself reading this excellent work by author Ken Fireman at such an apt time when America (and indeed much of the rest of the world) is poised to start backtracking and making the same old mistakes of the past, and books like this are sorely needed to remind us of the progress made, and what is truly at stake should we lose it. The relationships are key in this literary work, from family tensions to romantic love between Michael and Riva, fraught with conflict from everything around it in a hateful world. The narrative quality, dialogue, and sensitivity within every character’s viewpoint are heartfelt and prescient with much to learn from and remember long after the book’s been closed. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend The Unmooring to fans of literary and historical fiction everywhere.