When she throws out her two-timing husband, Mildred Pierce is left alone to fend for her family. She may not want to take any job that requires a uniform, but in 1931 there aren’t a lot of options. She has great legs, questionable taste in men, and an overindulged daughter who is the both her greatest pride and her biggest adversary. Recently adapted as an award-winning HBO miniseries, James M. Cain’s Mildred Pierce is a riveting story of social commentary as evidenced in the life of one determined woman. Reader Christine Williams navigates the emotional turmoil with an earthy haughtiness that shadows the noir influence while still bringing Mildred to life in vivid color.