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.
"[James M. Cain is] the poet of the hard-boiled school of the American novel." --"The Washington Post"
"Nobody has quite pulled it off the way Cain does, not Hemmingway, and not even Raymond Chandler." --Tom Wolfe
"Cain can get down to the primary impulses of greed and sex in fewer words than any writer we know of." --"The New York Times"
Series: Random House Movie Tie-In Books
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 22nd March 2011
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.2 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.213