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The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  815 Ratings  ·  228 Reviews
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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May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jos Callard
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
M.A Grace
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
" 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
Darlene Williams
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Lada Ray
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
A.E. Curzon
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Surabhi Sharma
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap’ is set in 1895 when the world stormed with the news of the conviction of one of the most successful playwrights, novelists, poets and short story writers and noted celebrity Oscar Wilde was sentenced to two years of hard imprisonment after being convicted of “gross indecency.”

The story is of two women Mildred Dunlap and her cousin Edra is a subject of gossip for the people of Red River Pass, a small town in Nevada who finds themselves in the similar circumstan
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
T.M. Smith
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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

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
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
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Vickie McKeehan
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Lee Fullbright
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Coleen Cloete
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:
Author: Paulette Mahurin

When the world allows people to live as they please maybe we might have chance to stop all the hatred, prejudice and injustices that are inflicted upon those that some feel are different or do not conform to the mores of their society. Same sex marriage is not something new to us today and same sex relationships are not just a thing of the preset. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap begins with the arrest and imprisonment of a noted writer
Darmie O-Lujon
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is a story which revolved around five important characters who would loved to live the kind of life they craved without being scrutinized and crucified, but they found themselves in a hateful society where their kinds of ideal love life was rebuked and despised. The story illustrated loyalty, true friendship, hate, prejudice comparison to race, the jews and as well as gays. Moreso assimilating all the Oscar Wilde’s quotes explored in this book, the story ...more
Joana Silva
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
“One can survive everything nowadays,
except death, and live down everything
except a good reputation.” Oscar Wilde

And after this quote, the story starts.
I started reading it last night, about 1 am, and I couldn't stop reading it until my eyes were hurting because I was too tired and sleepy. Today after lunch I opened it again and couldn't stop until I was finished. I read it in less than 24 hours, which is a record for me when reading a digital book, but I just couldn't stop. I needed to know wha
Sarah Coburn
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is a heart-wrenching novel that explores the effects of prejudice and the cruelty of gossip in a small town. The story centres around Mildred, a wealthy and generous women who is often mocked behind her back for not being stereotypically beautiful or feminine - it seems her generosity and good nature are frequently forgotten by those who are shallow and narrow-minded. As well as this, she happens to harbour a deep secret from the wrath of the little town; she is ...more
Melissa T
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mia Darien
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
(This got a 3.5 on my blog.)

This is going to be another complicated review, because I can’t “grade” the story on any one element. To me, there are three distinct aspects to it: there’s the story crafting, the story telling, and the message. This is a very strong “message” story.

1) The story crafting, which is to say the writing itself. This was my least favorite part, because I found the story to be primarily Tell and not nearly enough Show. We were told far more than shown that Mildred was such
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When Oscar Wilde is sentenced for “gross indecency,” the news spreads like a wild fire across the globe. Upon reaching Red River Pass, it throws the small Nevada town into pandemonium and restlessness. Hateful prejudice and abuse is the common response for this recently criminalized act, and sets the tone for activities in the coming week.

In Mauhrin’s debut novel, we are introduced to several intriguing characters and how their lives are affected by the news of this same sex relationship. As if
Jennifer  Davis
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Christoph Fischer
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap” uses two well-known scandals of 1895 to start off and move along the plot of our protagonists. It is an interesting and skilfully executed set-up, followed by an equally brilliant illustration of how the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde and the anti-Semitism shown in the Dreyfus Affair in France could have been received in a remote and isolated location such as a small town in Nevada.
Each chapter is accompanied by a quotation from Oscar Wilde’s work. I am not usua
Denise DeSio
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommend
I read an interview in which Mahurin says that her inspiration for this novel was an old picture of two women standing close together looking fearful. It's uncommon for human beings to extrapolate meaning that doesn't relate directly to their own lives, so it speaks to her depth that she, a straight woman, instantly associated the scene with somebody else's plight - two lesbians afraid of revealing their relationship.

Mahurin brings that same emotional connection with humanity to her writing in t
D Michelle Gent
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Wanda Hartzenberg
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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 hist
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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.” 9 likes
“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.” 6 likes
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