Mildred Dunlap, tall, physically unattractive, mannish and past the first flush of youth is unsurprisingly (in the opinion of the local community) ‘on the shelf’. Her cousin Edra is much younger and very attractive, but since a terrible trauma as a child, has been to all intents and purposes, a recluse, and no one expects either of them to marry. Mildred and Edra have to find ways of keeping their love for each other secret as the small town in Nevada descends into a furore over the news of Oscar Wilde’s arrest for ‘gross indecency’ with another man. And Mildred hatches a plan to distract attention away from them, only to have it spectacularly misfire. A gentle, emotionally detailed book, a bit heavy on the explicit spelling out of the message for my taste, but overall satisfying. I felt a bit irritable with all the hysterical behaviour by some of the women, but I guess in the days before the pill, modern anti-depressants, psychology/psychiatry, feminism and the #MeToo movement, women would have been particularly at the mercy of their hormones, PMT, mental health issues, and PTSD after assaults. Worth reading.