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The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap: A Novel by [Mahurin, Paulette]
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About the Author

Paulette Mahurin is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their three dogs--Eli, Max, and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (10 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008K9DV4U
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is not my usual type of book, but I thought it sounded interesting.I thought the book captured the time as I imagine it to be very well,the small town feel, and town gossips,and the hardships of life at that time.Also the fear of anything different.I thought this was going to be a tale of woe, but it was actually uplifting and showed the goodness in people as well as the bad,I have to say I'm glad my time is now and not back then,good book I really enjoyed it.
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From the moment I started reading this book I knew it was special; beautifully written with wonderful descriptions of nature and a fascinating storyline that is set against the 1895 prison sentence of the English playwright and novelist, Oscar Wilde, and the reactions of ordinary folk to his conviction.
The author gives us a glimpse of small town life near Nevada at the time of Wilde's conviction, and it's not pleasant to witness. We read how powerful spiteful unwarranted gossip can be, and how fast it can spread contaminating and infecting many of those who come into contact with it. Those who stand by and do nothing to prevent or stop such vileness are equally culpable. The tragedy is that we recognize that such ignorance, prejudice, bigotry, homophobia, racism, bullying, hatred, loathing, religious fervour and holier than thou attitudes, are not just confined to history, they are a modern day phenomenon too. Therein lies the book's power; it could just as easily be written about contemporary life. We humans have learned little wisdom with the passage of time. The author shows that unconditional love, tolerance and friendship is the only way to survive such an onslaught of viciousness and ignorance but it's easier said than done ~ and it does help that Mildred is wealthy.
There are elements of the book that disappoint ~ Mildred is shown as a stereotypical lesbian and the author goes to great lengths to ensure we realise she is tall and plain and manly and that men do not find her sexually attractive. And although her lover Edra is beautiful and feminine she is also stereotypical in that she has been psychologically damaged by a vicious rape that occurred in her younger life (which we are led to presume makes her afraid of all men in general.
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When I first saw the title, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, I immediately thought that this book would be a court drama - even given the fact that this book is set in 1895. - but I was wrong.

This book is written by a talented author who defines relationships, and persecution based on those relationships which also involve the small mindedness of persons in the world - in the big picture and the small.

The story flowed very well, point of view shifts were clearly defined and the events of this book are completely conceivable.

I found it interesting that the beginning and the ending of this book started out with news' post of a man in England and that news crossed the ocean to America's soil. It goes to show how words are very powerful and actions based on words, whether truth or lies, can be deadly.
This tale goes into the presence of bullying due to a person's looks or their ability to stand apart from the popular crowd. When actions are shown to be generous, the persecution continues because she chooses to stand true to who she is.

Along the way, though, she finds friends where she did not think she had any; support when most needed and a heart full of love that finds strength to keep giving through the afflictions thrusts upon her.

This is a tale of strength, courage, valor, generosity and discovery. It is a tale completely worth reading!
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Set in the 1880s Nevada, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is about a lesbian couple earning their livelihood on a Nevada. They live quietly, happily, keeping to themselves. Then, Britain brought in a law that made homosexuality an illegal act and the famed Oscar Wilde was charged, convicted, and imprisoned, news set telegraph wires resounding throught America.

Mildred Dunlap and her lover are terrified that attention and suspicion will now fall upon them. While they try to keep themselves inconspicuous, town gossips stir up terrible trouble. As suspicions grow worse, they are helped by someone who unexpectedly comes to their aid.

Written on every page are messages of true love, individual prejudices, odium, and the power of love to overcome. A pleasantly gripping story that definitely engaged me. I'm not surprised that there are so many 5 star reviews of this novel. It is definitely worth reading.
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Never judge a book by it's cover... that would be the case with this book. If your put off by the cover please, set that aside and read this book, I promise you, you will not be disappointed!
I blew through this book as chapter after chapter I just could not put it down.

The 1895 prison sentence of English playwright and novelist, Oscar Wilde, that criminalized sexual activity between two people of the same sex sets the theme in this original, creative and captivating novel.

I was thoroughly engrossed immediately and Mahurin kept my attention as Mildred, Edra and Charley shared the events of their lives as they unfolded. These are the main characters at the core of the story, but the secondary characters add depth and in the end everyone has a part to play.

Mahurin manages to weave issue's like bigotry, homophobia and racism not only against color but against religion into this extremely well written novel. Using a small Nevada town as scenery she shows how fear and loathing can lead to hate and ignorance. I loved the historical references and the true parts of our history the author used as her backdrop. Ultimately it's a story of love, friendship and tolerance.
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