An honor from India


Bent, But Not Broken

Review of The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap; Paulette Mahurin; Blue Palm Press 2012; pp 202

– Shana Susan Ninan

Paulette Mahurin’s first book The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is as much about Mildred’s and her cousin Edra’s persecution at the hands of the townsfolk as it is about the human emotions of love, repressed hate, hypocrisy, anger, jealousy and tolerance. Following the news of Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment after being found guilty of “gross indecency”, or in plain terms, for being in love with another man, small town Red River Pass is bustling with fresh gossip.

Mildred, with a manly physique and appearance, doesn’t fail to attract unwanted attention whenever she’s in town. In fact, if she keeps away from town for a couple of days, the gossipmongers come up with reasons conjured up for her absence – everything from a dreaded disease to a sure-shot pregnancy! But Mildred’s a kind soul, and with her entrepreneurial father having left her a large house, several town buildings and a ranch, she has plenty to give around. From writing off loans to helping families in crisis, she’s always there to lend a hand.

Her secret relationship with her cousin Edra is about to be discovered, and they have to do something quick in order to divert attention. But as luck would have it, all their ‘methods’ turn eyes to the two of them. No matter what they do, the townsfolk are waiting for a juicy morsel, to spin tales. And before their secret can be revealed, destiny dishes out a disaster that takes a life, leaves one deranged, and two to relocate to start a new life. And all through this, Mildred lends support to the stricken, even though they’ve conspired to ruin her name.

Racism against Blacks and anti-Semitism are two other important threads that make up the fabric of this engaging plot. Each character is well-rounded, almost as a reflection of our society – Josie’s hatred towards Mildred and her family, Helen’s submissiveness under pressure from gossiping peers, Edra’s fear of men and the outdoors after her rape. A quote of Oscar Wilde’s leads us to each chapter, poignant and meaningful.

Paulette Mahurin, an award-winning bestselling author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs–Max and Bella. All profits are going to Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, Ventura County, California. (the first and only no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County).

I enjoyed Paulette’s lucid but provoking narrative, and the happy thought of how women emerge strong out of adversities thrown at them, by default, and sometimes, by design.

Rating: 9.5/10 (2 votes cast)

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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31 Responses to An honor from India

  1. tazzielove says:

    That’s a really great and well written review. Kudos!

  2. A wonderful review, Paulette.

  3. Alison says:

    What a fabulous review. And well deserved!

  4. Wonderful, and very well deserved, Paulette 🙂

  5. ileneonwords says:

    Nice review!!!! I so enjoyed the book as well!!!!!!

  6. fournier0917 says:

    You continue to receive the accolades to which you are justly entitled. All is as it should be in this regard my dear friend! I feel honoured to be witness to your success. Karma pays tribute to they who deserve, and the proof is evident in the recognition you receive.


  7. What a fabulous review and what an honour. Congratulations, Paulette. 😀

  8. Another WOOT WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

  9. Angeline M says:

    Great review! And even Max and Bella got a little spotlight (and your husband).

  10. natuurfreak says:

    For me it also a great review

  11. Clowie says:

    Another great review – that’s good news! Congratulations!

  12. Yep, great review and thoroughly deserved – you know I’m a fan!

  13. Clanmother says:

    Fantastic!! I’m celebrating…

  14. 68ghia says:

    Congrats P 😉
    As always, well deserved praise!

  15. FlaHam says:

    Paulette, what a wonderful review, I wish I had said it. Take care, Bill

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