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.
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Review: Mildred PierceUser Review - Ron - Goodreads
The Joan Crawford film adaptation is one of my favorite movies, so I thought I knew the story. Cain's novel is something different. It's sharper, sexier, and meaner. The symbiotic relationship at the ... Read full review
Review: Mildred PierceUser Review - Alex Templeton - Goodreads
Wow. This was quite an intense book. In a nutshell: a woman in her late twenties, Mildred Pierce, claws her way up divorce and despondency to own a successful restaurant chain, and to eventually have ... Read full review