In Mildred Pierce, noir master James M. Cain creates a novel of acute social observation and devasting emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable.
Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter.
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Read this to prepare to see the movie. It is delightful in it's own right..engrossing the reader in a multi-faceted story.DISMISS
Loved this story of success and failure, love and heartache. Mildred, whose only fault was loving too much, is a woman with heavy burdens to bear and a lot to prove. The reader is effectively transported to 1930s America as the story is decorated with real events of the era. Highly recommend this intriguing tale and the HBO mini-series of the same name.