Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

Book - 1989 | Vintage Books ed. --
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1989, c1969
Edition: Vintage Books ed. --
ISBN: 9780679723219
0679723218
Characteristics: 298 p. --

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ArapahoeKati Jan 13, 2020

Gritty, crisp writing and a slow burn with a few plot twists that surprised me. Very much enjoyed!

athompson10 Jul 16, 2017

Story of a woman who makes bad choices with men and still manages to create her own business during the Depression. Mildred is determined, hardworking, driven and blind to the duplicity of the people around her. A cynical look at the American Dream.

This book deserves more press! It is a thoughtful reflection of a recently past society where the 'little woman' always deferred to her man. Interesting relationship with a daughter who is clearly a sociopath. Worth the read.

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