I just finished this story and loved it. I was captivated by the characters wanting to slap a couple of people and hug others. The characters in this story, major and minor, could be anyone we know today; and they are not cardboard characters but fully fleshed out so we know their likes and dislikes and why they act the way they do. It’s a tale of prejudice and small minded people, but also of people who are good neighbors and who do not judge others. And most of all, a tale of friendship and of love.
I can say I never expected to find this book so captivating, I never knew how hard homosexuality was back in the 1890s until I read Paulette’s book. It made me cry, laugh and get angry. Homosexuality in those days was a crime and Mildred’s story is one that everyone needs to read. As my mom said “It was profoundly heart wrenching and tremendously well written.” This book is set in the time of Oscar Wilde’s trial and conviction of his homosexuality. It was big news back in those days and a crime around the world, Mildred Dunlap had to deal with persecution, Death and Love all at one time. This book is so wonderful and would make such an amazing movie and I believe this book will become a best seller. We accept homosexuality today as part of normalcy in our lives I couldn’t imagine what they went through then having to hide it and act like it wasn’t there. I want to go on and on about this book but if I did I would have to tell the story and well I don’t believe in spoilers sopick your copy up today and read The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin.
There was such a lot that I loved about this book. For a start, the story rattled along at a good pace that never waned and always kept me interested. So very often, even with books that I would recommend, there seems to be some flat spot along the way but not with this one. As a bonus, each chapter is headed by an Oscar Wilde quote.
The story is about Mildred and Edra, in love at a time of little tolerance and living with small town gossip and ignorance that they are sure will uncover the truth about them… until Mildred comes up with a plan.
I was surprised and pleased by the twists and turns in the story. I expected it to be much more predictable and I admired the way the author set up the reader to think that Mildred’s plan, after a few shaky encounters and problems, would come through and save them, when actually the story takes on a whole new and unpredictable turn, just as things do in real life.
What a great book! I loved this book. The message is so powerful and relevant. The author did a superb job of creating complex, realistic, characters to deliver this message. The story really unfolds as you turn the pages. It gathered steam and I could not put it down. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap speaks to acceptance (or in this case the lack thereof). It is as important today as it was in the setting of this book to accept others for what they are, not what we wish or expect them to be. I think this book should be required reading for all junior high level students. Do yourself a favor and pick it up today.
This was a really interesting take on homosexuality for sure. It shows how a wonderful, loving, giving woman could be so wrongly bullied and persecuted.
What makes a good story? Look in these pages, and you’ll find one. But much more, you will find as subtle and gross rendering of what feelings, thoughts and behaviors human beings can do to, and for each other. What the author achieves in her whole intent (exemplified by the profits of sales going to a no-kill animal shelter), is to simply and directly touch the reader’s heart with a very clean mirror, that sees the dark and light in beloved and stranger alike, and has to come to terms she can live with, like it or not, and find as good a freedom, as the moment allows for. Well done effort by an insightful writer.
The story of two women surviving in a time when condemnation was easily used to persecute those who acted different from the mass population is easily portrayed in this story. The fact that 2 women are gay and love each other is accepted by a few in those early years and an indication that this style of living started with the need for protection of each other.