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Valley of the Dolls Themes & Social Concerns

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Social Concerns/Themes

Susann said that one of the purposes of her novels was to show the average woman that money and fame do not equal happiness. All three of Susann's heroines in this novel want a man, children, respectability. Their careers as high fashion models and highly paid actresses and singers are either a diversion until Mr. Right comes along, or a means of making money until they can settle down, have the kids, lead a rather high-style version of a housewife's life. They all fail.

Jennifer North, after one possessive lesbian affair, two disastrous marriages, and an intervening career as an actress in European art films, finally meets her knight in the form of a senator, but discovers she has breast cancer and kills herself. Neely O'Hara whines throughout the novel that all she really wants is one good man, that her success is hollow without one. But...

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