When I first began reading The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap I had a little trouble getting into it.. Probably because I read at night and usually only a page before I drop off to sleep. I was determined, though, in spite of myself to stick with it. I had grave misgivings about what the ending might be. I feared it would be tragic and I dreaded experiencing my worst nightmares about the probable outcomes of homophobia.
Soon, maybe close to the middle, I found myself caught up in the story. Then it was keeping me up late reading, dying to know what was going to happen. I’m delighted to say I could never have predicted the conclusion!
The writing reveals not only a fascinating intermingling of historical facts but a depth of human understanding and compassion. The highest and lowest qualities of humanity. I loved the wisdom inserted through the character who runs the country store. The NY Jew. All the prejudices and bigotry of the past and, unfortunately still too much in the present, are included.
This is a wonderful and valuable piece of work that the author should be proud of. I feel certain it will have a positive impact. It certainly did on me.