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Paulette Mahurin

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Paulette Mahurin is a best selling literary fiction and historical fiction novelist. She lives with her husband Terry and two dogs, Max and Bella, in Ventura County, California. She grew up in West Los Angeles and attended UCLA, where she received a Master’s Degree in Science.

Her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, made it to Amazon bestseller lists and won awards, including best historical fiction 2012 in Turning the Pages Magazine. Her second novel, His Name Was Ben, originally written as an award winning short story while she was in college and later expanded into a novel, rose to bestseller lists its second week out. Her third novel, To Live Out Loud, won international critical acclaim and made it to multiple sites as favor
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The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
By Paulette Mahurin

Email: ptmahurin@sbcglobal.net
ISBN # 978-0-9771866-1-7 Price: $14.95

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 Un Read more of this blog post »
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Published on May 20, 2012 18:45 Tags: anit-bullying, fiction, gay-lesbian, historical, love-friendship, mystery, oscar-wilde, persecution
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“That's why I read so much. A book isn't going to hurt me. A book isn't going to form some opinion about me that could wreck my life. I learn about so many new and great things from reading. I keep to myself with a good book and a shot of whiskey and I'm right with the world.”
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“De Profundis by Oscar Wilde (this excerpt inspired my book, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap. Wilde wrote it to his lover while in prison.)

When first I was put into prison some people advised me to try and forget who I was. It was ruinous advice. It is only by realizing what I am that I have found comfort of any kind. Now I am advised by others to try on my release to forget that I have ever been in a prison at all. I know that would be equally fatal. It would mean that I would always be haunted by an intolerable sense of disgrace, and that those things that are meant for me as much as for anybody else – the beauty of the sun and moon, the pageant of the seasons, the music of daybreak and the silence of great nights, the rain falling through the leaves, or the dew creeping over the grass and making it silver – would all be tainted for me, and lose their healing power, and their power of communicating joy. To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.”
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“God gave you brain, Charley. If you're using it then that's a gift from him. Not for someone else to determine for you what's right and wrong. Twenty people read the Bible and each has a different interpretation. More wars fought and blood shed over religion than anything else. That should tell you something. No clear right or wrong about anything. That's how I see it.”
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When first I was put into prison some people advised me to try and forget who I was. It was ruinous advice. It is only by realizing what I am that I have found comfort of any kind. Now I am advised by others to try on my release to forget that I have ever been in a prison at all. I know that would be equally fatal. It would mean that I would always be haunted by an intolerable sense of disgrace, and that those things that are meant for me as much as for anybody else – the beauty of the sun and moon, the pageant of the seasons, the music of daybreak and the silence of great nights, the rain falling through the leaves, or the dew creeping over the grass and making it silver – would all be tainted for me, and lose their healing power, and their power of communicating joy. To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.”
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T R Congratulations on making it to FIVE BLOGGERS TOP FIVE LIST 2012.
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Paulette Mahurin The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap made it to FIVE BLOGGERS TOP 2012 LISTS. I'm very grateful for this honor, especially in the name of tolerance.

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Paulette Mahurin An incredible post to the book's facebook page from a reader, and how the book helped her find God. With her permission, I share this beautiful post.

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Paulette Mahurin From an Amazon UK reader.

5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful novel that exposes the thin veneer of Civilization, 10 Nov 2012
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This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Kindle Edition)
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.) It would have been preferable to show a more balanced view ~ shown that women can be beautiful, feminine, psychologically healthy and still be lesbian.
This book is painful reading since it highlights the weaknesses of mankind ~ just scrape below the veneer of civilization and you expose a brutish vile nature that is deeply shaming. I think this novel would make an excellent A-level text (I taught Advanced Level English Literature for over 10 years) since it covers so many relevant topics for students today. A worthy read and one you will ponder on well after you have turned the last page.
NB: I was delighted to read that proceeds from this book are earmarked for animal rescue. Thank you to the author.


Paulette Mahurin No-holds-barred interview with blogger Tammy@RabidReader:
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Excerpt: "I knew by the subject, homophobia, that intolerance would play a part, bullying & persecution. Gus’s voice flowed as a natural progression through the story, because without thinking of what we’re doing, what we’re saying, why we think the way we do, there’s really no depth to a story about hatred, against someone innocent, someone who could no further change than a dog can prevent its tail from wagging. I let the insides of my head, what I felt about the characters, their dilemmas, their problems, come out and be reflected through Gus, which I felt brought the reader in a little more intimately than making those parts just narrative. We can see in Gus the availability to change our thinking and grow. That was the mirror for Charley to do just that."


Paulette Mahurin For anyone who loves their dog. Please have a read and feel free to stop by and say hi and tell me about yours.
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And, please feel free to visit my site on facebook.
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Paulette Mahurin An interview on why I keep at it, with promoting, and giving all the profits to animal rescue, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where I live.

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Paulette Mahurin FREE KINDLE BOOK EDITION GIVEAWAY: Enter for your chance to win one of two copies:
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Paulette Mahurin VC Star article, Sunday, Sept. 9, on the inspiration for writing the story and why profits are going to the first and only no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County, CA.

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