I picked up a copy of Jane Green's 'Babyville' (2003) at a library book sale (c'mon, it's summer!
: ) There I also got a copy of 'Jaccueline Susann's Shadow of the Dolls'. Before I read 'Shadow' I wanted to reread 'Valley of the Dolls' (1966).
I started 'Valley' last night after I finished 'Babyville'. I was immediately struck by the similarity that both Susann and Green separated their novels into sections of the 3 main girl characters. Green does one big section for each of the 3 girls, Susann does many sections for her 3 girls.
At first I just figured Susann may be a huge influence for current "chick-lit" authors. She was rather revolutionary.
Then I read a single sentence in 'Valley' that sent me skimming 'Babyville'. Halfway through Anne's first section of the book ('Valley') she and Helen Lawson are at a club and go into the ladies room. They chat, reapply makeup and dish on their new men and Helen says, "We better be getting back. They'll think we fell in".
About 110 pgs into Maeve's section of "Babyville' Maeve and her mother Viv are in a ladies room at a restaurant. They chat, reapply makeup and dish on Maeve's new man and Meave says, "Come on, Mark will think we've fallen in the toilet".
Is Green simply paying homage to Sussan?