Sandra Grotsky, Photographer: Book Review

Book review: Paulette Mahurin’s “The Persecution of Mildred Dunlop”

By Sandra Grotsky June 8, 2012

Paulette Mahurin’s “The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap” is an important novel. Steeped in history, the story revolves around a lesbian couple living in a small Nevada town during the late 1800’s. Life was difficult for most folks at that time in history and especially so for the two main characters who were forced to hide their relationship. Sexism and homophobia were rampant. Ms. Mahurin’s portrayal of Mildred and Edra’s relationship stirred up my imagination so that I felt their pain and suffering, but more importantly their love for each other. I was fascinated with their plight as it is just as valid today.

Kudos to Ms. Maturin for bringing the subject of homosexuality’s harsh history to light. I look forward to her next book and anticipate another great read.


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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