This is a compelling novel dealing with the anguish of ongoing persecution for sexual orientation or for appearance or for anything that makes one different in a small, closed community in the American West in the late 1800s. It is certainly a corollary for the persecution suffered by so many throughout all eras and geographic locations. The action in this very original plot is triggered by the arrest and imprisonment in England of Oscar Wilde for sodomy and the reactions to this news by the main characters in the West in 1895 , the occurrence of which has surprising consequences for the persecutors and those persecuted in this community far away on another continent, even without the Internet and social networking. Also interesting is the undercurrent of resentment on the part of some of the characters engendered by the main character’s generosity, a surprising reaction. This book is an intelligent , refined handling of complicated, dense human interactions. Being a former English teacher, I find the author’s often eloquent language and the generous sprinkling of quotations of Wilde a delight. I look forward to this novelist’s next work, and highly recommend this very original piece of work.