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Valley of the Dolls Paperback – September 22, 1997
Deliver Her: A Novel
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"I couldn't believe these weren't real girls because I know them. Maddeningly sexy. I wish I had written it."Helen Gurley Brown
"Magnetic . . . [Susann]'s a natural storyteller . . . Valley is the kind of book that most of its readers cannot put down."Nora Ephron
"Jackie, it seemed, understood by instinct that her readers were ready for the raw side of love . . . for a franker sexuality and a tougher kind of story-for romance with tears and oral sex."Michael Korda, The New Yorker
"One of the steamiest novels ever written."Earl Wilson
Top Customer Reviews
And you know what? It's intriguing. It's captivating. Set back in the 50s, you heark back to the days of glamour girls, Hollywood pictures, and dapper leading men. In each chapter, Susann fleshes out the character portraits of 3 girls who made it big, rags-to-riches style: Anne--a model, Jennifer--a starlet, and Neely--a singer. I hate to admit it, but I was entranced by their stories of sex, scandal, and downward spiral into prescription drug addiction. It's drama about drama queens. I would ordinarily dismiss this book as trashy romance genre--but like others, i can't. Why? well, Susann wrote this book as a groundbreaker--It was written almost 50 years ago but the tales are so incredibly modern you'd think Susann was writing about modern-day life. She paved the way for the tell-all expose, the behind-the-scenes scandals, the agony and ecstasy, the poor problems of the rich and famous. It was "Dynasty" before "Dynasty" was even invented. It was a shocker, and it's tragic. You're not going to find much humor in this novel at all, especially being that the "Dolls" that the book revolves around are drugs. An added benefit of reading "Valley of the Dolls" is that it transports the reader back into the yesteryear; I feel like I'm in a black-and-white movie with Garbo and Monroe--Susann's detail for creating ambience are very much appreciated.
If you think this book is flimsy beach reading--it's not.Read more ›
Although initially billed (to great effect) as a steamy romance novel, the book is much more substantive. Each of the characters is well-developed, and each has human flaws that lead to her success or spell her undoing. Before it was fashionable, Susann used the character of Anne Welles to explore one woman's attempt to ignore the pressures to marry early and instead devote herself to a career. Susann examined the problem of the abuse of legal drugs at a time when it was seen as primarily a teenage phenomenon. Neely O'Hara is initially a sympathetic character, but has enough of the "bitter greens" (envy, jealousy and bile) which, when added to an insatiable ego and a large quantity of pills, leads to her rise and fall. And Jennifer North knows what she has and knows its advantages -- and limitations. These characters are real, and one need not be in show business to know them.
Although written in 1966 (with a story that begins in 1945), the plotline is not dated. Neither is the message: Susann asks whether having everything you ever wanted really is the key to happiness. There is a reason why this book has remained a bestseller and continues to enthrall a new generation of readers.
Anne, the wide-eyed girl from Lawrenceville escapes her doomed future as a housewife by moving to New York City in hopes of finding a life for herself. But no sooner than she arrives and gets settled in her new job and home does she end up on the cover of every newspaper and the talk of the town. But over the years Anne learns that the life she'd always dreamed of wasn't all that it was cracked up to be.
Neely is seventeen with all the enthusiasm her little body can handle. A performer in vaudeville since childhood Neely has what it takes to be a star. She is the ultimate triple threat she dances, sings like no other and can act too! Inevitably, by the age of twenty-one Neely becomes the biggest star around; unfortunately her ego grows just as big as her rising star. And with the help of her red, yellow and green "dolls" washed down with a little scotch nothing can stop her.
Jennifer has the face and the body to go far, however all she really wants is love. But unfortunately love doesn't pay the bills. And after a few failed marriages to some of Hollywood's most prominent players Jennifer realizes that her body is her ticket to stardom. Soon she becomes Europe's biggest star... because in Europe anything goes.
I absolutely could not put this book down.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read. Crazy to think this was "racey" in the 70's. Seems like true depiction of stardom. Highly recommend itPublished 2 days ago by Sandi
There is so much more to this book than met the eye initially. This,along with "Peyton Place", is definitely proto-feminist fiction. Read morePublished 18 days ago by chris sands
Bought this to see what the hype was all about, it was interesting but very slow.Published 24 days ago by Ariana
I first read this book when it was recommended by my sister and mum and it honestly took me a while to open it up and actually start reading it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christina