Review: A Plea For Openness and Respect

4.0 out of 5 stars A plea for openness and respect, December 1, 2012
By
H.J. van der Klis (Balkbrug, Overijssel Netherlands) – See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)

Red River Pass, a small town in Nevada during the year with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; the United States expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in South America; and Oscar Wilde was tried because of homosexuality. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap draws quotes from Oscar Wilde’s work for each chapter to tell the impact of these historical milestones in 1895 on the lives of the local citizens. They too struggle with love and friendship, both heterosexual and homosexual. Betrayal, lots of gossip, hatred and prejudice. Only tolerance and understanding can bring healing and truth about a presumed lesbian relationship of Mildred Dunlap, a woman known for her unattractive, manly looks and her cousin, Edra. The novel has a compelling message, reflecting many readers’ own struggle with contemporary issues on same-sex marriage, tolerance and gossip. It pleas for more respect and openness.

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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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