Review: It’s About Two Sides Of Human Nature: Small Minded vs. Tolerant, Mean vs. Kind, Petty vs. Generous

Denise DeSio

Denise DeSio rated it 5 of 5 stars false

Shelves: recommend
I read an interview in which Mahurin says that her inspiration for this novel was an old picture of two women standing close together looking fearful. It’s uncommon for human beings to extrapolate meaning that doesn’t relate directly to their own lives, so it speaks to her depth that she, a straight woman, instantly associated the scene with somebody else’s plight – two lesbians afraid of revealing their relationship.Mahurin brings that same emotional connection with humanity to her writing in the Persecution of Mildred Dunlap and does a great job of conveying how hurtful it is to be bullied and ostracized no matter how good and generous one may be.

That her lesbian characters were a bit stereotypical (as one other reviewer pointed out) is not something to hold against her. In 2012, we may have broken through those stereotypes, but stereotypes come from somewhere…oh guess where? Maybe 1895! But that’s not the point of the novel.

I have to say, that as an out lesbian, I am not fond of stories about being a wimpy closet case, but back in 1895, that was part of the definition of being gay. That aside, this novel is not about homosexuality. It’s about the two sides of human nature: small minded vs. tolerant, mean vs. kind, petty vs. generous.

The sad thing is that we don’t always reap what we sow. Good people suffer. Villains go unpunished all the time. And unfortunately, no one will learn anything from this wonderful novel, as evidenced by the reviewer who (even after admitting it was a well-written riveting book) gave it a “thumbs down” because she doesn’t want to have anything to do with “those people” (meaning homosexuals).

Mahurin has done her job, however. She has punished the villain for us. She’s allowed her readers the catharsis that comes from a just and rightful ending, and for that I thank her. (less)

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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One Response to Review: It’s About Two Sides Of Human Nature: Small Minded vs. Tolerant, Mean vs. Kind, Petty vs. Generous

  1. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing says:

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