The foundation of this fictional story is Oscar Wilde’s conviction for homosexuality in the late 1800′s. The story explores people’s feelings about homosexuality in the 1800′s and the kind of hate and disgust that subject brings out in people.
As the reader soon discovers the books central character is a lesbian Mildred Dunlap. Mildred tries to hide that fact for fear that she will be murdered. Everyone in town pretty much depends on Mildred’s wealth for some financial support. She does this knowing that people suspect her of something and she is constantly ridiculed behind her back.
Mahurin has created some very likable and unlikable characters in the book but all add to the story. Each of the characters has their own mini life’s story and the reader gets to understand the character and why they are the way the are.
This is an Mildred’s look into the subject of homosexuality in the 1800′s. The only issues i had with this book are that Mildred’s appearance comes off as being manly which while it leads to some speculations on the part of the towns people i felt it was a little cliche and there is a bit of an odd plot devised by Mildred to cause people to think she was interested in a man.
The story has a nice if not revengeful ending. Good subject matter wrapped around an interesting historical event. Author Paulette Mahurin has done a good job of relaying the subject of homosexuality in the 1800`s the social implications, the prejudice and intolerance that went along with it.