H. L. Carlson (Tucson, AZ) This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is a warmly engaging story in which some of the characters endear themselves to the reader, others raise our hackles, or just plain annoy us, each as they remind us of aspects of our own selves.
Without hyperbole, Ms. Mahurin elucidates the human tendency to bigotry and antipathy to “otherness” borne of indoctrination, fear and ignorance. This charming tale, set in a turn-of-the century small Nevada town, disseminates Oscar Wilde’s astute observations on humanity, a man himself much persecuted, and employs wisdom from the great philosopher Aristotle.
The author’s own empathic nature and keen insights shine and open our minds and hearts to embrace one another knowing that we are all fundamentally much the same on the inside. We learn through this moving story that what we do not understand in others is not intrinsically threatening to us – our differences often afford opportunity to learn and grow to be better human beings.
I highly recommend this very readable and enjoyable novel to readers young and old.