Amazon Review: A Must Read

4.0 out of 5 stars A must read, July 19, 2012

The persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin

4 Stars

How sad that over one hundred years later we still have people in the world with the same archaic mindset of the 1800’s. Mildred and her cousin Edra were lesbian lovers, but after the reaction of the locals over the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde in Great Britain; where he was sentenced to 2 years hard labour for gross indecency, (same gender sex) Mildred decided it would safer for her and Edra if they were extra careful to hide their relationship from the townsfolk. Mildred; the more confident of the pair, decided to make the town believe that she was interested in Charley, a local man whose wife had recently died.

This is a well written story that manages to get across a variety of opinions by exploring the ideals from different characters perspectives. From the God-fearing who believe everything the Bible says as fact, to the likes of Gus, the local shop keeper who believes life experience is better to make our choices by than any written word. Josie; this towns `Mrs Oleson’ was only happy when she was gathering her minions and convincing them to persecute someone she was jealous of making her feel superior to them all, was my least favourite person. The scene set was frustratingly like any high school of today making me realise that although we like to believe we have moved on and become less feral like, we as humans really haven’t changed one bit, and on the whole we prefer to judge than live by the `live and let live’ ideal.

Paulette Mahurin did a great job at building our sympathy for the main characters Mildred and Edra, while opening our eyes to the bigotry of the day. It was an interesting tale that held my attention to the end and I hope that some of today’s less `open minded’ people will read this and think again their out dated opinions!

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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