Mildred fierce

I’m starting to suss out books for next year’s reading groups and I think I’ve found a place for the classic by James M. Cain, Mildred Pierce.mildred

This dark yet suspenseful story of a complex mother-daughter relationship will make for interesting conversation. Cain’s penchant for common characters and his unusual focus on food in Mildred Pierce are an appealing draw for readers. Brian Burnes of the Kansas City Star discussed both of these issues recently.

Two filmed versions of Mildred Pierce will also make conversation lively. The original movie starring Joan Crawford played up the dramatic, almost soap operatic elements. This newer version is grimmer and more faithful to the source material.

I’m expecting a rich and thoughtful discussion full of comparisons and contrasts between book and films. If your book group has read this novel before, post your impressions.

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Kaite Mediatore Stover refuses to give up her day job as director of readers' services for The Kansas City Public Library to read tarot cards professionally or be the merch girl/roadie for her husband's numerous bands. Follow her on Twitter at @MarianLiberryan.

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