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 recreates small-town America convincingly, providing history to people and place, building believable inter-relationships, and revealing secrets in pleasingly genuine conversations. Beautifully researched, convincingly filled with an all too fallible population, this novel pulls the reader into a story filled with history and vivid reflections of the present. Occasional comments seemed a little over-modern to me, but, having grown up in England, I’m probably not qualified to judge. The story certainly held my interest and kept me turning the pages eagerly. Intriguing, generous, though-provoking, and filled with beautiful descriptions, great quotes, and fascinating dialogues about prejudice, faith, hope and love, I really enjoyed this novel and heartily recommend it.
Disclosure: The author gave me a free ecopy of this novel.
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
Paulette Mahurin's first novel is surefooted and unflinching in its portrayal of a singular and unique character and her compelling struggles. Compassionate and confident, Mahurin allows Mildred's story to burn through onto the page with all its inherent outrage and tenacious, abiding love. Here is a character we can champion-flawed, striving, surviving-and fully embrace in her awkward, beautiful navigation of a world that resists her in every way. --Deb Norton, Playwrite/screenwriter of The Whole Banana
If you need to question your values, read this book! The author captures the intolerance and hypocrisy of a 1895 Nevada town, and its transcendence in time through tolerance and understanding. The angst and pain that two women feel daily, living 'the lie' of their lesbian relationship, and the prejudice they must endure, is unconscionable. I was moved to tears by their struggle in the face of the conflicted values that continue to dominate our "modern" society. --William K. Fox, PhD, Professor of Zoology