5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable story, July 30, 2012
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)
Congratulations to Paulette Mahurin for crafting this amazing story! As other reviewers have frequently noted, it is phenomenal that this is her first novel. I found it particularly effective to set modern cultural themes (bigotry, homophobia, same-sex relationships) in the late 1800’s in a rural town. She deftly creates a microcosm that allows the reader to understand many complex issues and illuminates both ugly and sublime aspects of human nature. Works such as The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap engender understanding, tolerance and an enhanced appreciation for the importance of love. I highly recommend this book!
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)