Holly L. Carlson, R.N.

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.


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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