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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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