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An Iconic Story: Revisiting ‘Valley of the Dolls’ for a New Generation

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Sixties style will always be cool. Sure, it’s been infinitely reproduced, lampooned and documented, but the quintessential mod-girl style of the ’60s has become so iconic that it’s almost transcended the generation of its origin. So, when did it all begin? Easy answer: the ’60s. But, the culture of the big haired, crazy-print-clad, doe-eyed vixen owes a huge debt to Jacqueline Susann and her seminal novel, Valley of the Dolls (Grove Atlantic, July 4, 2016), which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Valley of the Dolls is a classic coming-of-age tale that follows the lives of three friends, Anne, Neely and Jennifer, as they search for fame -– and find self-destruction instead. The novel follows the women through the decades as…

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Christopher Brookmyre on sinking or swimming with titles

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by Christopher Brookmyre For the first time in my career, I find myself having to publish a novel in the US under a title different to the original. Bred in the Bone, the third book in my Jasmine Sharp trilogy (after Where the Bodies are Buried and When the Devil Drives), was published in the UK under the title Flesh Wounds, but an alternative was required by Grove Atlantic because they already have a novel of that name on their list. This is a relatively rare problem for me, and when you consider that my previous novels have included Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks, One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night and A Big Boy Did It…

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