Mildred Pierce (Google eBook)
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: Mildred PierceUser Review - Amy Cohen - Goodreads
I sometimes pick up a book because it has been made into a movie, even if I have not seen the movie. This one was made into an HBO special, starring Kate Winslet and the trailers had me intrigued. I ... Read full review
Review: Mildred PierceUser Review - Kim Fay - Goodreads
Oh, wow! This book was not what I expected and so much more than I had hoped for. Because of the 1940s movie (which I'd heard about but not seen) based on this novel, I thought it was a murder mystery ... Read full review