Valley of the Dolls (1966) by Jacqueline Susann
Valley of the Dolls
by Jacqueline Susann
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Jacqueline Susann’s roman à clef Valley of the Dolls was hated by high-culture critics when it was published in 1966, though it quickly became the year’s best seller. The novel follows three friends, Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, as they try to make it big in show business and find true love. Even when their dreams are partially realized, they cost the women an unbearable amount of frustration and heartbreak.
The New York Times called the novel part of the “narcotic” genre of literature, which has its reader “float[ing] down the river of lethargy,” but that’s nuts. Reading the book feels more like hurtling down Niagara Falls—driven by a torrent of sex, drugs, and doom. The panic with which one turns the pages is like the mixture of curiosity and fear that accompanies reading the Oedipus myth. The protagonists
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