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Very good book about gossipy women who tear up a little town with their rumors. Mildred Dunlap was the brunt of their gossip. This book gave a great look into the selfishness and selflessness of the human race. What’s sad is this behavior is present in all of society. Maybe it will open the eyes of wrongdoers and encourage move tolerance, love and care between all human beings.
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I couldn’t put this book down! It reads as if it’s a true story, but an interview with the author reveals that she wrote it after she tried to aid someone who was afraid to disclose his/her true sexuality. Each quote begins with an Oscar Wilde quote, related to the content of the chapter. The lives of Mildred and Edrs are the center of the story, as the town’s hatred and bigotry whirls around them. Josie is the quintessential “mean girl”, whose inner hatred of everyone sparks her need to “get even” with anyone who doesn’t do as she wishes. The ending of the novel is a bit rushed, and I’m not quite sure what exactly occurred to force the closing of the telegraph office. At times, the characters are more archetypal than real, although this seems to work well in dealing with such a difficult topic. Good read!
Enjoyed this book Would recommend to others and would enjoy other books by this author Very easy to read and hold your interest throughout
I wasn’t sure where this story would take me, but I’m glad I decided to complete the reading. The bigotry that resides in people has fueled wars and strife in many ways. It takes strenghth to ignore the hatred spewed by ignorance.
This is a true story and you should not be put off by the occasional typo or the fact that some of the writing is a bit mild. It is a mostly well-told tale that, by the end, has you wondering ‘what things do we do in society and seem acceptable now that will seem heinous to our descendants?’. It makes you think about the gay marriage question in a very gentle way. Congrats to the writer who has laid out the family linen as if in one of those comfy, beautiful stores where you just want to snuggle up with a book. Make it a Kindle and put this story on it and I am there! The bottom line is that it is a really interesting story and I did enjoy reading right to the end.
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I’m thrilled to have received this review from Danny Breslin, whose writing and book, Me & Gus on the Roof of the World, I love! Thank you so much.
It was pure magnetism that made me sit and read it from cover to cover in one day. The depth of the characters was truly amazing. I felt in turns anger, bitterness, joy and the urge to be protective of some of the characters – to throw an arm around their shoulders and tell them it was going to be okay. To be able to achieve this, to involve the reader so deeply, so intensely, the author needs to be a true master of their art and it is an art that this writer has mastered.
This book should be hailed as a classic and be added to the national curriculum as a lesson in the pain caused by spite and intolerance.(less)
Paulette Mahurin’s book is an absolute delight to read. It reminded me of the Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck’s book Of Mice and Men. There are few books that I find that I have read over the years that stay in my memory, this is one of them.