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.