Mildred Pierce

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 29, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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.

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User 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

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User 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

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About the author (2010)

Mystery writer James Mallahan Cain was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1892. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Washington College, and served in the military as editor-in-chief of the official newspaper of the 79th Division, American Expeditionary Forces. Cain worked as a staff reporter for the Baltimore Sun; he became a professor of journalism in the 1920s; he worked as a Hollywood screenwriter in the 1930s and 40s. Many of his stories, including Double Indemnity (1943), have been made into successful films. Joan Crawford won an Academy Award in 1945 for her portrayal of Cain's Mildred Pierce (1941). Cain's first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934), was said to have inspired Albert Camus' The Stranger, but offended sensibilities in the U.S. and was even tried for obscenity in Boston. The novel was eventually made into a movie in 1946, starring Lana Turner and again in 1981, with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange. In all, Cain authored eighteen books.

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