4.0 out of 5 stars REMARKABLE, July 18, 2012
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)
This is a most unusual book, based on a famous historical event in 1895 when Oscar Wilde was convicted of “gross indecency” in London. The news of the downfall of one of Britain’s foremost literary figures flashed around the world by telegraph, including to a small rural community in Nevada, which is wonderfully imagined by the author and home to her heroine, the Mildred Dunlap of the title. The time and place are described with great skill, and the relationship between Mildred and her lesbian partner as they face the growing hysteria of local townspeople is told with sensitivity and grace. This is a remarkable first novel.
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)
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(photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)