Amazon Review: Brenda Sorrels (author of The Bachelor Farmers)

Amazon Review from Brenda Sorrels (author of The Bachelor Farmers)

5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read, July 17, 2012
By
BrendaUSA – See all my reviews
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)
The 1895 two-year prison conviction of English playwright,novelist, Oscar Wilde – that criminalized sexual activity between two people of the same sex sets the over-riding theme in this engaging novel.

This story takes us into a small Nevada town that same year where we meet Mildred and Edra, two kind-hearted women who want only to live their lives together in harmony with those around them. The announcement of the Wilde conviction stirs the pot of bigotry and prejudice amongst a group of gossiping women with a ring leader, Josie, who also bears a family grudge against Mildred.
One of the things that struck me was how one person (in this case, Josie) can galvanize other people and spread poison through nothing more than hatred and lies. It made me ponder the dangerous nature of “gossip” and “spreading rumors” – and my heart went out to the long suffering Mildred whose health was compromised from sheer emotional pain. I also thought about how this still exists today ie.) the young gay kid who jumped off the George Washington bridge because his roommate had video-taped him with another man. Also, the underlying cruelty and hatred in the bullying incidents we see on the news.

But the story isn’t only about the pain and suffering of intolerance. Mahurin has created a cast of real and wonderful characters and two of them, Charley and Gus step up. As they get to know Mildred and Edra, we see that people are also capable of changing. Charley has just lost his beloved wife and his own suffering allows him to open his heart to Mildred and his mind to Gus (A Jewish man who doesn’t reveal his identity for fear of prejudice) Charley is befriended and educated by Gus when Gus shares congtroversial books with Charley and they begin to discuss “touchy” subjects… All sides are skillfully portrayed – the damage, but also how pain can open us up, how getting to know someone and comunicating with them can lead to tolerance and healing.

I loved this book. It’s well done and paced just right. I look forward to more stories from this author.

 

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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