The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap has been reviewed and rated by a bunch of folks. Perhaps different from many of those reviews is that I particularly enjoyed the fact that the protagonist’s beauty was clearly on the inside and not on the outside. Or, as one uncharitable character in her book said, “Man, that’s one ugly woman.” In a Hunger Games world, when do you remember something like that being said about the leading female character? In spite of being dealt a less-than-beauteous appearance, Mildred seems the epitome of human generosity, kindness and thoughtfulness. For me, this made her a particularly memorable character.
Ms. Mahurin also does a nice using the conviction of Oscar Wilde, and quotes of his, to frame the small Nevada community’s attitudes towards homosexuality as well as facilitate the story telling.
In terms of story-telling, this is the kind of book that, when you put it done, you start wondering “What’s going to happen next?” And, to my way of thinking, that’s a good thing. It means that I’m emotionally involved.
And there’s plenty of emotions to go around in this story – fear, anger, greed and love, among others. While the title tips you off to the main storyline, I felt that this was a genuine story, a heart-felt story, a story with a good grasp of small town and small minded attitudes.
My one question for Ms. Mahurin is “When’s the next book coming out?”
(Review written by John Kerastas, author of Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor)