joi, 15 noiembrie 2012
Review- The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin
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 Britain’s recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When 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 Wilde’s imprisonment. It is a chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely loved this book and I cold not put it down. I especially liked the Oscar Wilde quotes and the events of his own experience with prejudice and persecution, which were the central theme of the novel.
The story is set in 1895 and the main character is Mildred Dunlap, one of the richest women in the small town called Red River Pass,Nevada. She is a tall, masculine women who is in love with her cousin Edra. In an attempt to protect herself and her relationship with Edra, she willingly subjects herself to the gossip ‘hens’ of the town. Discovering an unlikely friendship in the man she uses to accomplish this, Charley, she becomes the main gossip for the town.
I was afraid for Mildred and Edra, I cheered Charley for everything he wanted. He made this story! This is a well-written book that shows and teaches you how others can affect your life. I highly recommend this one for people who can enjoy a really great book! The storytelling was fascinating!
Mildred Dunlap’s day started, like every other, at five-thirty sunrise. While dressing she looked out her bedroom window to a place several feet from the house to notice a six-foot sagebrush move. At first she did not see anything in the sand nearby. Then at closer view she caught sight of a sage grouse browsing leaves. The plant had not yet blossomed into the tiny yellowish white flowers that would come with summer, still a few months away. She loved this time of year when spring starts, paving the way to summer, and her body surrendered to the warmth. A time when life begins to slow and relax in the heat, like a quiet that comes with the nighttime in a bustling city.
The good mood she was in abruptly ended when she went to her kitchen and found the beginning of a rat’s nest at the bottom of a pantry. Twigs, leaves, bristles of pinecone, tiny particles of what looked like wood from a mesquite shrub, and a corner of a piece of fabric from a towel were alongside several droppings.
About the author:
Paulette Mahurin is a nurse practitioner, specializing in women’s health in a rural clinic in where she lives with her husband and two rescued dogs. She also taught in several college level nursing programs, including UCLA, where she had a Master’s Degree in Nursing from their nurse practitioner program. Her two passions are writing and rescuing dogs.While in college she wrote and published two award winning non-fiction short stories.
Paulette Mahurin is donating money from the sales of the novel to an animal rescue charity.