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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (Sept. 22 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780802135193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802135193
  • ASIN: 0802135196
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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Decades ahead of its time . . . Mesmerizing . . . The equation of emotional dependencies with drug addiction in one comprehensive personality disorder is, if anything, more chic today than in Susann's time; also prescient is the book's protofeminism."-Mim Udovitch, The Village Voice Literary Supplement

"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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Jacqueline Susann's "Valley of the Dolls" was such a heartbreaking story, but one that you simply could not stop reading. I could not put this book down! As the reader, you follow these three girls looking to make a life for themselves -- all involved in show business. Suddenly they are thrust into the spotlight -- through unwanted engagements, success on Broadway thanks to a hotheaded fame hungry performer past her prime, and a marriage to a world famous singer. This book explores the notion that it is nearly impossible to maintain any sense of normalcy while living under a microscope and in the public eye. While this is especially and explicitly evident in Neely's character, Anne was the one character I found myself rooting for, to make it through everything without finding out about the evil world of addiction.

I don't want to spoil the book for future readers, so I won't give away the ending, however I was moved by the lengths that these women went to to get what they wanted. It showed the truly horrible side of fame. Great read!
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Three downwardly spiraling lives of the 40's, 50's, and 60's, told in their own separate sections, written by the lovely Jacqueline Susann only to come out a book generations to come will read and never forget. I know I won't.
Well, the three girls, Anne, Jennifer, and Neely, each landed an ultimately unfortunate life of their own which lured them into sleeping pills (or "the little red dolls") and soon addiction. This book showed us the fasinating life of those three different cases of the addicted and misfortunate that only ended up addicted and misfortunate. (Hey, since when is a happy ending a requirement for a good book?) The girls were each quite famous and wealthy though but this novel shows that fame and fortune come at a high price and do not garuntee happiness. It was a life that instead of having to live, we got to just simply read about thanks to Susann. The real-ness of this book made it like you were living it though. It was an amazing reading experience. You could almost feel what they were feeling. The awkward, quirky love scenes between Anne and Lyon, the violent personality change of Neely caused by her fame, the seductive Jennifer's softer side...it was vividly written and full of heart-beating reality that doesn't die out at even the last page.
(Pay no mind to the review below. I was on the wrong name.)
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Three downwardly spiraling lives of the 40's, 50's, and 60's, told in their own separate sections, written by the lovely Jacqueline Susann only to come out a book generations to come will read and never forget. I know I won't.
Well, the three girls, Anne, Jennifer, and Neely, each landed an ultimately unfortunate life of their own which lured them into sleeping pills (or "the little red dolls") and soon addiction. This book showed us the fasinating life those three different cases of the addicted and misfortunate only to end addicted and misfortunate. (Hey, since when is a happy ending a requirement for a good book?) The girls were each quite famous and wealthy though but this novel shows that fame and fortune come at a high price and do not garuntee happiness. It was a life that instead of having to live, we got to just simply read about thanks to Susann. The real-ness of this book made it like you were living it though. It was an amazing reading experience. You could almost feel what they were feeling. The awkward, quirky love scenes between Anne and Lyon, the violent personality change of Neely caused by her fame, the seductive Jennifer's softer side...it was vividly written and full of heart-beating reality that doesn't die out at even the last page.
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This is a wonderful book. I read once and could never put it down. I read after I saw the movie Isn't She Great, which is about the author. This book is about the friendships of Anne, Jennifer, and Neely. They all become famous and start taking "dolls." Dolls are pills, uppers, and downers. Neely becomes a famous actress, who ends up, in a rehab. She makes a come back though. Anne goes from being a secretary to a model for make-up on TV. She has a couple of men in the book, Allen, Kevin, and Lyon Burke. She ends up still on dolls, but married to a cheating Lyon, and has a kid. Jennifer goes from being married to a prince, to be married to Tony. She gets pregnant, but has an abortion, when she finds out the horrible truth about Tony. Then she becomes an actress, who in makes "dirty" movies, in France. Then she comes to back to America. She finds out she has lumps on her ovaries. She has them removed, along with a lump in her breast. They tell her she needs to have her breast removed. She refuses, and goes home and takes a whole bottle of red "dolls." Also know as the powerful sleeping pills Secondals. There is a movie based on this book. I feel that the movie screwed up this book. I think this is great for everyone
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I'm probably not saying anything new, but I'll say it anyway. I absolutely LOVE this book. My mother gave me my first copy of the book when I was 14-15. For the first six months it lay unread on a shelf. Then one day, having nothing else to read, I decided to give it a try. I read it in one sitting! As soon as I finished, I turned back to the beginning and started again. Now I'm on my fourth copy. I couldn't even begin to count how many times I've read it. Most people ask me why. Well, I love re-reading great books. That's as simple as I can state it. Susann begins with Anne arriving in NYC in 1945. It was right after WWII. The novel ends in 1965--20 years and a lifetime later. Of course, anyone who has even read a review knows that the three main characters are: Anne, Neely, and Jennifer. Susann describes the characters and situations they're placed in so vividly you think you're looking in on them, not reading about them. Their lives revolve around the entertainment business. Anne is the blonde New England beauty who begins as a secretary for an entertainment firm (against the advice of people who tell her to go to modelling agencies.) Neely starts as an enthusiastic, bubbly teenager. And Jennifer begins as the sexpot. As the story progresses, so do the characters. Not just the main three, though. Susann throws in plenty of extras and rounds them out as well. There's Lyon Burke, the love of Anne's life. He's handsome, charming, and a bit stand-offish at first. Henry (Anne's boss, then friend) Tony Polar, Jen's singing-sensation husband who was born with an incurable brain disorder. Tony's sister, Miriam, who at first seems like a miserly spinster. Then we find out that she's really just looking out for her brother. Helen Lawson (can't forget to mention her!Read more ›
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