The Cocktail Waitress (Hardcover)
|Author: James M. Cain|
|A beautiful widow is forced to take a job in a cocktail lounge to make ends meet and to have a chance of regaining custody of her young son. She encounters a handsome young man who makes her blood race and a wealthy but unwell older man who offers marriage.|
From the Publisher:
Following her husband's death in a suspicious car accident, beautiful young widow Joan Medford is forced to take a job serving drinks in a cocktail lounge to make ends meet and to have a chance of regaining custody of her young son. At the job she encounters two men who take an interest in her, a handsome young schemer who makes her blood race and a wealthy but unwell older man who rewards her for her attentions with a $50,000 tip and an unconventional offer of marriage...
James M. Cain began his career as a journalist in Baltimore and New York, teaching journalism at St. John's College in Annapolis, writing editorials, and eventually becoming managing editor for "The New Yorker". Moving to California, Cain wrote screenplays for 16 years, before turning his attention to novel-writing full time. In 1947 he moved back to Maryland, where he lived until his death in 1977. Of the nine novels he wrote, only three were published during his lifetime, and though these were not successful, his writing has had enormous influence on contemporary fiction; for example, Albert Camus acknowledged that his novel "The Stranger" was inspired by Cain's "The Postman Always Rings Twice".