Jacqueline Susann Writing Styles in Valley of the Dolls

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The novel is presented from the points of view of the three main characters: Anne Welles, Neely O'Hara, and Jennifer North. The narrative voice is the same whether it is an Anne, Neely, or Jennifer chapter. All three main characters appear in all of the chapters, even if only in reference or passing thought.

All of the narration is presented in the third person. Readers learn not only what happens, but how the main characters react to and feel about events; the narration enables readers to share Anne, Neely, and Jennifer's thoughts. Most of the narration is expository, but there is a significant amount of dialogue. Dialogue is almost always about events as they unfold, but occasionally characters will ponder the meaning of what is happening, or muse about the themes of the novel.

The novel begins and ends in Anne's point of view. Of the...

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