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Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain
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Jul 17, 08

Read in July, 2008

This book is by far the best James M. Cain book I've read. After reading Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice, I was curious about how Cain would translate his hardboiled crime style into a story about a 1930s housewife who is down on her luck but cannot give up, due in part to her aristocratic, haughty daughter. I've always been interested in that decade, and this book did more to illuminate it (and what it might have been like to be a woman in that time) than any other novel for me. Among all of the mystery and intrigue, Cain weaves tiny details about 1930s life in Hollywood and Glendale, California, bringing to life a time when women wore flawlessly white gloves, stockings, and "dressed" to go out at night, but also took their scotch 'neat' and played it as scrappily (a new word I just invented) as the men.

Yep, I love this book.
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Michele This was my favorite by Cain, too....loved it!


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