Paulette Mahurin – The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

Red River Pass, a small town in Nevada during the year with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; the United States expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in South America; and Oscar Wilde was tried because of homosexuality. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap draws quotes from Oscar Wilde’s work for each chapter to tell the impact of these historical milestones in 1895 on the lives of the local citizens. They too struggle with love and friendship, both heterosexual and homosexual. Betrayal, lots of gossip, hatred and prejudice. Only tolerance and understanding can bring healing and truth about a presumed lesbian relationship of Mildred Dunlap, a woman known for her unattractive, manly looks and her cousin, Edra. The novel has a compelling message, reflecting many readers’ own struggle with contemporary issues on same-sex marriage, tolerance and gossip. It pleas for more respect and openness.

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.

The author asked me to read her book and write a review about it.