Stella Dallas

Stella Dallas

by Olive Higgins Prouty

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jonesli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that can make you tear up even if you think you won't. It's the story of a mother's ultimate sacrifice for her daughter, so that she may have the life that her mother believes that she deserves.Stella Dallas marries Steven Dallas shortly after they meet when he was going through a personal crisis and he is being just a bit self destructive. When their daughter Laurel is born, Stella loves her daughter desperately, but isn't quite the mother figure that he had pictured for his child. She in turn finds Steven a lot less fun than he used to be and looks for excitement in all the wrong places. When Steven has had enough of Stella's indiscreet flirtations, he leaves her, although they do not divorce right away.Stella's heart has always had good intentions, unfortunatly she doesn't mix well with the upper crust Boston society and is shunned for her style of dress and her manners. Realizing that she is standing in the way of Laurel's future in society, she pushes her daughter away to be with her father and his new wife and just to make sure that Laurel will never return, Stella marries a man that Laurel hates, an alcoholic/drug addict.Brought to the screen in 1937, and played to perfection by Barbara Stanwyck, this is another instance where the book and movie are both excellent.