The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is a truly amazing book considering it Paulette Mahurin’s first. She writes with all the sophistication of a seasoned pro. I truly loved that modern cultural themes such as bigotry, homophobia, etc are set not only in the 1800′s but in a small rural town where many of those themes never really would have been an issue in that day and time. Yet here they are and they manage to bring all those ugly themes and put them right in your face. I found myself enthralled with characters and unable to put the book down.