It’s year 1895. Oscar Wilde and Lord Douglas have been caught having sex together.
A small town, Red River Pass, is upset. Two men together! That’s pervert! Dirty and ugly! They should be hanged! But the town has secrets of its own, too. Under the clean surface there’s a tragedy of a young girl being brutally raped, a father drooling after his own daughter and beating the crap out of his family. But what is more important the town is not unfamiliar with homosexuality as few years ago two little boys started a gossip of what they saw but didn’t quite understand. And that led to a terrible suicide and destroyed the lives of two families.
So no wonder that Mildred Dunlap is being worried. She is a tall, masculine woman with no beauty and helplessly in love with her cousin Edra. To protect them Mildred comes up with a genius plan to show interest in Charlie, a man whose wife has just died, and Edra agrees to go along, as Mildred is so sure Charlie will reject her. However, you should never underestimate the power of a rumor.
Josie, the towns biggest telltale and bully sees Mildred and Charlie together and starts a juicy gossip about them that only gets bigger the more it is been told.
The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap tells beautifully a story full of difficult and painful issues. It is very well written cross-section about people whose destiny unexpectedly entwines together. It is a story of narrow-mindedness, bullying and secrecy. And yet it is a story about friendship, love and acceptance. I was immediately caught up in this story and would strongly recommend everyone to read it.
Jennifer Loiske, Author of Club Number Five (Immortal Blood)