Valley of the Dolls Book Summary and Study Guide

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A young girl named Anne Welles decides to fulfill her dream of moving to New York City, and after getting a job as a secretary to an entertainment lawyer, her life changes forever. She becomes friends with Neely O'Hara, a young vaudeville player who's singing talent makes her a star; Helen Lawson, an aging Broadway diva; Jennifer North, a model and actress whos only talent is her looks; and Lyon Burke, the only man that Anne ever really loves.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Life of a profession:    -   actor Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Drinking/Drugs problems?    -   drugs Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   secretary Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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