Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain

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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.

Out of these elements, Cain creates a novel of acute social observation and devastating emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable.
 

About James M. Cain

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James Mallahan Cain (1892 - 1977) was a first-rate writer of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Born in Baltimore, the son of the president of Washington College, Cain began his career as a reporter, serving in the American Expeditionary Force in World War I and writing for The Cross of Lorraine, the newspaper of the 79th Division. He returned from the war to embark on a literay career that included a professorship at St. John's College in Annapolis and a stint at The New Yorker as managing editor before he went to Hollywood as a script writer. Cain's famous first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, was published in 1934 when he was forty-two, and became an instant sensation. It was tried for obscenity in Boston and was said by Albert Camus to have inspired his own book, The Stranger. The infamous novel was staged in 1936, and filmed in 1946 and 1981. The story of a young hobo who has an affair with a married woman and plots with her to murder her husband and collect his insurance, The Postman Always Rings Twice is a benchmark of classic crime fiction and film noir. Two of Cain's other novels, Mildred Pierce (1941) and Double Indemnity (1943), were also made into film noir classics. In 1974, James M. Cain was awarded the Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Cain published eighteen books in all and was working on his autobiography at the time of his death.
 
Published December 29, 2010 by Vintage. 307 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Self Help, Young Adult, Crime. Fiction

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The author of The Postman Always Rings Twice and Serenade turns from the shock technique of both of these to present an incisive, full length portrait of a woman in business, and her emotional dependency on her coldblooded, greedy, captious daughter — Veda.

Mar 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Mildred Pierce

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A newfound interest has called for an old title to meet a new audience in the coming of a new HBO series by name of Mildred Pierce.

Mar 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Mildred Pierce

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The miniseries makes Mildred’s character less cheer worthy, although you can’t help but like Winslet as Mildred, but the book just makes you want to shake Mildred and tell anyone to jump in a lake (Monty or Veda) who wisecracks about her “pie wagon.”.

May 03 2011 | Read Full Review of Mildred Pierce

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