Mildred Pierce

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 29, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
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In Mildred Pierce, noir master James M. Cain creates a novel of acute social observation and devasting emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable.

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.

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User Review  - bensdad00 - LibraryThing

Creating vivid, moving, flawed charachters who invoke passion in the reader is a rare skill. To do so with such apparent ease as Cain does is downright magical. Read full review

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User Review  - pennsylady - LibraryThing

Paperback I would call Mildred Pierce vintage or at least a period piece. The author is James Cain (1892-1977) My choice of delivery was narration by Christine Williams. Written in 1941,our story ... Read full review

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James M. Cain was a first-rate writer of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Born in Baltimore in 1892, Cain began his career as a reporter, serving in the American Expeditionary Force in World War I and writing for the newspaper of the 79th Division. He returned from the war to embark on a literary 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 first novel,†The Postman Always Rings Twice, became an instant sensation in 1934. In 1974, James M. Cain was awarded the Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Cain published 18 books in all and was working on his autobiography at the time of his death in 1977.

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