Review: A genuine story, a heart-felt story, a story with a good grasp of small town and small minded attitudes.

4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read!, January 8, 2013
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap has been reviewed and rated by a bunch of folks. Perhaps different from many of those reviews is that I particularly enjoyed the fact that the protagonist’s beauty was clearly on the inside and not on the outside. Or, as one uncharitable character in her book said, “Man, that’s one ugly woman.” In a Hunger Games world, when do you remember something like that being said about the leading female character? In spite of being dealt a less-than-beauteous appearance, Mildred seems the epitome of human generosity, kindness and thoughtfulness. For me, this made her a particularly memorable character.

Ms. Mahurin also does a nice using the conviction of Oscar Wilde, and quotes of his, to frame the small Nevada community’s attitudes towards homosexuality as well as facilitate the story telling.

In terms of story-telling, this is the kind of book that, when you put it done, you start wondering “What’s going to happen next?” And, to my way of thinking, that’s a good thing. It means that I’m emotionally involved.

And there’s plenty of emotions to go around in this story – fear, anger, greed and love, among others. While the title tips you off to the main storyline, I felt that this was a genuine story, a heart-felt story, a story with a good grasp of small town and small minded attitudes.

My one question for Ms. Mahurin is “When’s the next book coming out?”

(Review written by John Kerastas, author of Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor)

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About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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2 Responses to Review: A genuine story, a heart-felt story, a story with a good grasp of small town and small minded attitudes.

  1. mkesling63 says:

    When I think I see something I look for the good. It maybe tough to find. If I don’t turn the cheek and move on.

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