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Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain
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Feb 14, 12

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Read from February 03 to 13, 2012

I picked this book up in the used section of Harvard Book Store, hearing good things about James Cain's noir novels. I hadn't a clue what this book was about but expected some hardboiled crime element. There isn't any to be had here, but initial disappointment notwithstanding this was a great read.

I won't go too much into the details of the story, as plenty of other reviews here have done so already. Suffice it to say that it was heartwrenching to see Mildred build such a successful business as a single parent and as a woman (during the Depression no less!) but terribly sad and somewhat annoying to see her cause her own demise by hemorrhaging money to please a daughter that had no respect for her.

I grew up in Glendale, Calif. so imagine my surprise when the story ended up being predominantly set there and in the surrounding communities! Cain definitely spent time in the area because Colorado, Brand, and Foothill Blvds are still there in Glendale today, Orange Grove and the Colorado Street bridge are there in Pasadena, and Franklin is there in Hollywood as well. Pierce Drive was naturally added in for the story. This added a very unique dynamic to the story and a unique look into the history of my hometown that no book has ever shown me and one that no other book likely ever will.
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