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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 Br...more
Paperback, First, 212 pages
Published March 23rd 2012 (first published January 1st 2012)
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Terry Mahurin
In 1895 Oscar Wilde was imprisoned for two years in a hard labor prison camp for having sex with another man. When the news went out it impacted conversation around the world, that up till then were a more gentile conservatism tone of mild acceptance. After Wilde’s imprisonment, voices raised in attitudes of intolerance, bigotry and hatred. Although the protagonist of this story, Mildred Dunlap, is a lesbian, this is not a story about Gays and Lesbians, but rather a statement of intolerance leve...more
Holly Louise
Oct 26, 2012 Holly Louise rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Loved it.
The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is a warmly engaging story in which some of the characters endear themselves to the reader, others raise our hackles, or just plain annoy us, each as they remind us of aspects of our own selves.

Without hyperbole, Ms. Mahurin elucidates the human tendency to bigotry and antipathy to "otherness" borne of indoctrination, fear and ignorance. This charming tale, set in a turn-of-the century small Nevada town, disseminates Oscar Wilde's astute observations on...more
Jos Callard
This novel's impact and importance as an historical realistic fiction piece sneaks up on you and grows as you turn the pages. One cannot ignore the injustices of man's inhumanity to man borne out of ignorance and prejudice, the roots of which are deep-seated in history. Mahurin tactfully reminds us how the tentacles of such injustice insinuate their way into daily life, manipulating and hurting with every twist and turn. Set 100 years ago, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap depicts history and in...more
Lori
" pick a little talk a little pick a little talk a little cheep cheep cheep talk a lot pick a little more" picture a bunch of hens clucking around farm yard.{thought of The Music Man} spreading gossip and that is the book " The persecution of Mildred Dunlap" the main topic to this story is GOSSIP!GOSSIP GOSSIP! and how it can wreck lives. this book takes place in 1895. in mid America. news just spread around the world that author Oscar Wilde was imprisoned for showing public affection to another...more
Toni Sinns
Something I commonly do when writing a review is to see what other people write as reviews. I do this to see others points of view on the same thing I just read. A learning point for me to see how different people feel about the same item. I was sadden to see a review for this book be lowered in grade because the person reviewing this book doesn't support gay/lesbian relationships. That exact thing is one of the issues that Paulette so bravely and powerfully writes about in this story.

It worrie...more
Darlene Williams
1895. Oscar Wilde has just been convicted in England of committing acts of gross indecency and sentenced to 6 years in prison. Small town Red River Pass, Nevada, is captivated by this news and talks of nothing else.

"Two men together?" Josie Purdue raised her voice above the crowd, drawing a hush and attention to her. "More like five! All his past lovers came forth. Shows what an ungodly lot they all are. He deserves what he got. Throw away the key, that's what I say. Those kinds don't deserve to...more
Lada Ray
Powerful Message!

Paulette Mahurin’s The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is an eye-opening book with a very powerful message and I read it with great interest.

First, an admission: I am a diligent history student because as the greats of old would tell you, “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” This is why all my books have a thoughtful and meticulous historical underpinning seamlessly worked into the narrative. Paulette Mahurin masterfully weaves into her book the historic...more
A.E. Curzon
I had been looking forward to reading this book for some time and was not disappointed when I did. In fact, I was hooked by the time I reached the end of the prologue. After that it was very hard to put down.

Mildred Dunlap lives in a small town in Nevada with her cousin Edra. Since childhood both have felt a fondness for each other which has now blossomed into a full blown, if secret, relationship. At the time of the opening chapter (late nineteenth century), Oscar Wilde has just been imprisone...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
This is a book I would not usually read. I find myself reading YA and Erotica and Historical Books so when I was asked to read this book I told the author I would give it a go. I am so glad I did! This book had so many surprises in it and I was pulled in by the words that I had to know what happened next. I read this book in one sitting because I have never ever read about such ignorance and prejudices in my life. I mean you hear about these types of things and you read about them but to read th...more
Tania
3.5 stars. Off to a bit of a slow start, but a third into the book everything started coming together. I've never understood why so many people feel the need to judge other people's lives and choices, and this is exactly the issue dealt with in the Persecution of Mildred Dunlap. I especially liked the fact that the author gave us insight into every characters history, to help us better understand their actions. A little bit of Oscar Wilde's history was mentioned in the story, and I am now inspir...more
Jessy (BookEnd 2 BookEnd)
To say that this book was amazing is an understatement. A friend of mine read it and raved about it and she said "Jess, you must read this and review it!'' Well without waiting for a reply from me she was so adamant I read this, she contacted the author and had her send me an email so that I could get this book read and reviewed. At this point it, I was very excited to read this book! When a friend is ranting and raving I can't help but get giddy about it too! It sat in my inbox for a few weeks...more
Vickie McKeehan
The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap takes place in the small town of Red River Pass, Nevada, 1895. All her life Mildred has been an outcast, resigned to forever being an old maid. When love finally comes to Mildred it’s in the form of her cousin and best friend, Edra Fitzgerald. After the arrest of Oscar Wilde in England for gross indecency makes headlines around the world, Mildred and Edra must find a way to keep their relationship secret. Mildred comes up with a plan. She befriends the recent wi...more
Sheila


When Oscar Wilde was imprisoned, the gossips imprisoned within their own thoughts delighted in his every suffering. But there on the outskirts of a small American town, a wonderful woman called Mildred Dunlap lives alone with her sweet cousin Edra and only one bed. Generous to a fault, willing to help anyone no matter how little they think of her, Mildred suddenly fears what the townsfolk might do, and looks for a plan to hide her life’s “indiscretions” from public view.

Author Paulette Mahurin r...more
T.M. Smith
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 engrosse...more
Lee Fullbright
This is not a big book—it’s a day read for fast readers—but it is big in theme and characterization. First off, I loved the Oscar Wilde quotes at the start of each chapter, and all the other historical references, and I completely loved the kind-hearted Mildred. Someone once told me that everyone has a bias (even if they don’t think they do), and sometimes more than one. Maturin’s carefully crafted book is a call for mindfulness and for compassion. Kudos to her (AND for her exemplary work with a...more
Charlie Bray
In 1895 the world was rocked by news that Oscar Wilde had been convicted of gross indecency. The news threw a small Nevada town into chaos and this book chronicles how hatred and prejudice were slowly overpowered by love and friendship.

In my early professional life, I picked up on the fact that there was no greater force than the negative force, and that one destructive comment could instantly destroy something that had been slowly created from positive influences. There is no greater evidence o...more
Coleen Cloete


What a truly magnificent book. Just as relevant today as it was when the story is set in the 1890s. A story about intolerance and the vindictive side of being human. It brought out so many different emotions. The historical triggers woven into the story was brilliantly done and added to the overall intrigue and drama of the story. Loved it and highly recommended.
David McMullen-Sullivan
Paulette has written a compelling story about the value of love, and how society often fails its brethren by persecuting what they do not understand. The concept of "the other" is, of course, a false premise because we are all one. But group think has maintained this myth even to this day. I thank Paulette for bringing light to a subject that is still shrouded in the darkness of malice
Carol Judge
Mildred and Edra are a compassionate, quiet lesbian couple, planted in 1895 Nevada. Having the financial means to be quite helpful to the community and individuals, they are also passionate about protecting their lifestyle from a community "run over" by a group of gossipy, prejudiced women. A powerful story with a message that touches hearts and makes us think -- while, at the same time, an enjoyable story with texture, detail, historical references, and containing many levels. Wrapping historic...more
D Michelle Gent
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)
I read this book with interest. It's not the usual type of genre I read but I was curious after talking with the author. Paulette has created a very plausible story. It is set more than a century ago and is certainly not 'Little House on the Prairie' but it did feel real to me each time I picked up the story. It was so easy to sink straight into the little American town with their close and caring community, destructive gossip and...more
Melissa
This review was originally posted on Melissa's Midnight Musings on January 14, 2013.

Let me start off by saying that historical fiction isn't a genre I normally read much of as I find that at times the stories can be dry and more focused on the history than the story. In this case, it was reversed and I was pleasantly surprised.

There are a lot of historical events incorporated into this novel, like Oscar Wilde's imprisonment, sovereignty issues, and racism. They are incorporated in such a natural...more
Bonnie Bernard
I received a copy of The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin in exchange for an honest review. And honestly? It's one of the best historical novels I've read. I'm happy the author suggested I share it with friends. No problem! One friend read it in a single DAY and couldn't say enough good about it.

The book is entertaining as well as educating. It brings to the limelight that small town, petty mindset that rolled across the wild west like tumbleweed and sometimes still blows throug...more
RaeBeth
This book takes place back in in 1985 and is based around the main character, Mildred and her love for Edra, her cousin. Although the love shown within this story isn't the typical family love but of a couple who romantically love each other. Mildred and Edra strive and fight to keep their relationship a secret by befriending a guy to throw off the gossip group within town. Charley helps the ladies by becoming their friend. Rumors start that Charley and Mildred are pregnant and engaged. The stre...more
Alana Woods
As you might deduce from the title this is no light-hearted romance. Set in a small town in Nevada USA at the time of Oscar Wilde's trial and imprisonment for 'acts of gross indecency' the story reflects the narrow-minded thinking of the time.

I was expecting something heavy-going and weighty. Instead I found a beautifully written story of intolerance and courage, hate and love, fear and triumph, death and life, and in no small way meanness and friendship.

Mildred Dunlap is the wealthy woman in to...more
Anthea Carson
This book is extremely relevant to issues going on right now, in the news, in the political dialogue. It is sometimes difficult to see things from another person's perspective. People get so locked in to their own prejudices and opinions of right and wrong. I think it is important to read a book like this that shows the struggles, the passions, the love and genuine feelings of people who are different from what society considers the mainstream. This book is extremely well written, and well struc...more
Jennifer Warrick Davis
I was given an e-copy in exchange for my honest review.

The story takes place in a small town called Red River Pass during the year 1895. It includes several historical events, but is mainly based on the Oscar Wilde convection and how it impacted the lives of the people in this small town. In a small town, gossip travels fast. So you can imagine that in a small town like Red River Pass, the rumors are full of exaggerations because there a few busy bodies with too much time on their hands during...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Before I started to read the book the author insisted on a fair and honest review.
That made me nervous. Very nervous, so as I started to read the book it was with relief that I fell in love with the story. In essence it is about prejudice and gossip and how speaking without thinking can ruin lives and have done so already.
What came as a surprise was Charlay. A man knocked to the floor by grief, friending a woman and a man who on first appearance confirms to the times and norms but both of them...more
Debra Winberg
I was contacted to read this book and give an honest review. To say I was excited would have been an understatement, until I saw what it was about. Historical fiction books tend to either bore me or anger due to how inaccurate and outlandish they are. I am happy to say that this book did neither of those and I never wanted to put it down.
Mahurin creates a story like no other that is captivating, exciting, and unpredictable. The main characters in The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap are one hundred...more
Yves Fey
Told with an elegant, stripped down simplicity, this story of abiding love and newly discovered friendships is deeply moving. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin, depicts a small town in Nevada in the year 1895, shaken by events far beyond its borders and stirred up by malicious hypocrisy and bigotry. The chapters are graced with a quote by Oscar Wilde, and his trial and imprisonment is the main historic event that mirrors the conflicts within Mildred Dunlap’s town of Red River...more
Rabid Readers Reviews
Mildred Dunlap is a generous and loving soul but, in the eyes of the townsfolk, already has one strike against her – in the tradition of her father before her, she doesn't go to church. When news of Oscar Wilde’s conviction in England hits little Red River Pass, Nevada, she discovers that she might have something else to fear. Edra, known to all as Mildred’s cousin, is actually her life partner. With the townsfolk calling for Wilde’s blood, what will happen if they find out about her? She has a...more
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Paulette Mahurin is a nurse practitioner, specializing in women's health in a rural clinic in where she lives with her husband and two rescued dogs. She also taught in several college level nursing programs, including UCLA, where she holds a Master's Degree in Nursing from their nurse practitioner program. Her two passions are writing and rescuing dogs.While in college she wrote and published two...more
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