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Valley of the Dolls Paperback – September 22, 1997
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Sex and drugs and shlock and more--Jacqueline Susann's addictively entertaining trash classic about three showbiz girls clawing their way to the top and hitting bottom in New York City has it all. Though it's inspired by Susann's experience as a mid-century Broadway starlet who came heartbreakingly close to making it, but did not, and despite its reputation as THE roman á clef of the go-go 1960s, the novel turned out to be weirdly predictive of 1990s post-punk, post-feminist, post "riot grrrl" culture. Jackie Susann may not be a writer for the ages, but--alas!--she's still a writer for our times.
"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
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The writing is timeless and honestly it flows so effortlessly you'll be half way through before you know it. I recommend buying a different edition or maybe just not opening this one and keeping it for looks on the shelf.
Fifty-years ago, Jacqueline Susann, in all of her Pucci glory, wrote the book that would change publishing for all time. VALLEY of the DOLLS introduced the world to sex, drugs and more sex. She was the original chick to write chick-lit and to publish it in bubblegum pink covers.
She was the first feminist to stand up for women’s rights and burst into the “boys club” of publishing and create a new cutting-edge way of marketing novels – book tours and television interviews. VALLEY of the DOLLS was an immediate blockbuster then and has gone on to sell more than 31-million copies world-wide in 30 languages.
It was the ’60s and VALLEY of the DOLLS dealt with so-called taboo subjects – drugs, alcoholism, gay husbands, abortion, suicide, cancer, adultery, the list went on. Readers loved reading about a world where once you turned thirty, you were old and over!
What was the book about? Dolls: barbiturates, seconal is red, nembual yellow, and amytal emerald green, capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight—for Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, it doesn’t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. Three gorgeous women become best friends when they’re young and struggling in Manhattan, climbing to the top of the entertainment industry—only to find that once on top, the only place left to go is down—into the Valley of the Dolls.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of VALLEY of the DOLLS, Grove Press has release a collector’s edition of the novel. A new film is in production!
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