Monday, May 11, 2015
The Persecution Of Mildred Dunlap - YA Historical Fiction that's been called "a Women's Brokeback Mountain"
The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin
The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; the United States expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine to cover South America; 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 - in particular, Mildred and Edra, two women who lived together and loved each other.
As the author says, "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."
"The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap" was nominated for the ALA's 2014 Rainbow List, and you can add your review in comments!