Paulette Mahurin, an award-winning author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry (a retired NASA attorney) and their two dogs–Max and Bella. She practices women’s health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. She and her husband have been involved in Rottweiler rescue for the past twenty-eight years, all profits from her book, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, are going to Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, the first and only no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives.
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.
“Paulette Mahurin’s first novel is surefooted and unflinching in its portrayal of a singular and unique character and her compelling struggles. Compassionate and confident, Mahurin allows Mildred’s story to burn through onto the page with all its inherent outrage and tenacious, abiding love. Here is a character we can champion—flawed, striving, surviving— and fully embrace in her awkward, beautiful navigation of a world that resists her in every way.”
Deb Norton, Playwrite/screenwriter of The Whole Banana
“If you need to question your values, read this book! The author captures the intolerance and hypocrisy of a 1895 Nevada town, and its transcendence in time through tolerance and understanding. The angst and pain that two women feel daily, living the ‘lie’ of their lesbian relationship, and the prejudice they must endure, is unconscionable. I was moved to tears by their struggle in the face of the conflicted values that continue to dominate our ‘modern’ society.”
William K. Fox, PhD, Professor of Zoology
All profits from her book, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, are going to Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, the first and only no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. http://www.santapaulaarc.org/
Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, S.P.A.R.C., is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of a coalition of staff, city leaders, volunteers and county animal advocates dedicated to lowering the deaths of healthy and treatable pets in Santa Paula. As the first and only no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County, S.P.A.R.C. is a place where stray and abandoned dogs and cats are brought for humane care without risk of being killed due to lack of space, illness or injury. S.P.A.R.C. is actively saving lives by finding new homes for the animals and partnering with the community through spay/neuter and vaccination programs.
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