The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is a novel encompassing many themes, with perhaps the most apparent being an examination of hate and intolerance, and the astonishingly powerful affect it has on the lives of others. Author Paulette Mahurin fearlessly depicts the harsh realities of such harmful behavior and travels through the depth of love’s ability to hold fast against persecution. Weaving history with fiction, she brings Wilde into the story in spirit, using his famous imprisonment as a foundation upon which she builds her story. The novel plays out vividly and with poignant drama, wrenching the reader’s heart in its moment of stark helplessness while inspiring hope through the triumph of friendship. As social history dictates, tolerance for Mildred and Edra’s plight comes from a saddening minority, but Mahurin achieves a sensation of heart-filled courage in the open-minded characters. In her villainess, the vicious Josie Purdue, Mahurin has boldly created a character deeply rooted toward persecution and the encouragement of hatred.
Another theme that struck me while reading the novel was the depiction of women and the diversity of their own tolerance as a sex. Josie leads a group of local busybodies who thrive on spreading rumors, and whose gossiping brings about terrible consequences for Mildred and Edra, ultimately poisoning the entire town and bringing about unforeseeable tragedy. Their animosity is countered in Mildred, a strong and fierce portrayal of independence and compassion, as well as the more reclusive Edra, in whom Mahurin explores the depth of woman's ability to overcome her own vulnerability. Between the two heroines the author ultimately achieves an examination of woman’s capacity to triumph over all obstacles for the sake of love and friendship.
The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap delivers its message strongly and with a force that will grip the reader’s emotions while the story’s most worthy characters inspire us with the belief that the action of opening our minds is synonymous with the action of opening our hearts.
Title: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap Author: Paulette Mahurin Genre: historical, romance Publisher: Blue Palm Press Release date: March 23, 2012 Source: Paulette Mahurin (C/O) Buy the book: Amazon Connect with the author: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads