Amazon Review: Great Novel And Important Read

5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel and important read…, October 8, 2012
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Mildred Dunlap is a generous and loving soul but, in the eyes of the townsfolk, already has one strike against her – in the tradition of her father before her, she doesn’t go to church. When news of Oscar Wilde’s conviction in England hits little Red River Pass, Nevada, she discovers that she might have something else to fear. Edra, known to all as Mildred’s cousin, is actually her life partner. With the townsfolk calling for Wilde’s blood, what will happen if they find out about her? She has a plan to ward off the busybodies but can she pull it off or, in the end, will everything be made worse?

Set in 1895, the novel has a real feel of history though the themes carry over into today. Mildred and Edra are good people who are happy and confident in who they are together and fear not what others think of them but what they might do because of those thoughts. An overlying theme is that the crueler townsfolk (Josie) aren’t happy unless everyone is living exactly as they believe they should live.

Mahurin’s characters are extremely well rounded. When we meet Gus, the shopkeeper, we are told that he is kind and friendly and loves what he does but that he has secrets. When we meet Josie we know that she is bitter in a way that most people can’t stomach and that she shares his misery with everyone around her. At first blush, Josie may seem a bit much in her hate of everyone – even those who are friends – but, as with people in daily life, it soon becomes evident that her vitriol is about herself and not anyone else.

This was a fabulous read and I highly recommend that everyone buy it.


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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