This is not a big book–it’s a day read for fast readers–but it is big in theme and characterization. First off, I loved the Oscar Wilde quotes at the start of each chapter, and all the other historical references, and I completely loved the kind-hearted Mildred. Someone once told me that everyone has a bias (even if they don’t think they do), and sometimes more than one. Maturin’s carefully crafted book is a call for mindfulness and for compassion. Kudos to her (AND for her exemplary work with animal rescue–proceeds from this book are earmarked for animal rescue, so spread the good word, for this worthy book and the animals!).