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 Britain’s recently passed law that made sex between males a
criminal offense. When news of Wilde’s conviction went out over
telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is
the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted
by the news of Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment. It is a chronicle of hatred
and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and
how love and friendship bring strength and healing.”
Such was the case with The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap. It’s historical fiction, but carries a very real and emotional weight. The story is timeless- members of a community being ostracized, or fearing being ostracized, hated, and injured, because of their differences. It’s poignant for several reasons, chief among them the realism.
I’m a coffee-fueled, hobby-addicted bibliophage who makes cruelty-free mineral eye shadows (inspired by novels). I’m usually in front of a screen (writing, reading, or gaming), but I’ve been known to emerge for geekery, good food, and dark chocolate.