Mildred Pierce

Cain, James M.

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Mildred Pierce
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, James M. Cain created a novel of acute social observation and devastating emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable.

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Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Vintage Books, [2011], c1989
ISBN: 0307946592
Branch Call Number: FICTION CAIN 2011
Characteristics: 298 p. ;,21 cm


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Mildred's daughter Veda is remarkably talented. And remarkably ruthless.

Mildred is a 'grass widow' (divorcee) in 1930s California, determined to create a good life for her gifted but heartless daughter.

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Apr 22, 2012
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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