The Best Awful by Carrie Fisher

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Suzanne Vale, the Hollywood actress whose drug addictions and rehab rigors were so brilliantly dissected by Carrie Fisher in Postcards from the Edge, is back. And this time she has a new problem: She's had a child with someone who forgot to tell her he was gay. He forgot to tell her, and she forgot to notice.

What's worse, Suzanne's not sure she has what it takes to be the best mother to her daughter, Honey. She can't seem to shake the blues from losing Honey's father, Leland, to Nick -- the man who got the man who got away. Or maybe those aren't the blues, just more symptoms of her sprawling multi-symptom bipolar illness: an illness Suzanne can't bring herself to take all that seriously, no matter what her doctors say. (After all, how serious can an illness be whose symptoms are spending sprees, substance abuse, and sexual promiscuity?) And now, worst of all, under the watchful round eyes of the pills the doctors plied her with, even her friends are starting to find her a little...boring.

The obvious solution is to take a little walk on the wild side. But what starts out as a brief gambol through the scary/fun world of twenty-first-century dating becomes a vigorous jog-trot through the latest drug wonderland -- and finally a wild gallop toward a psychotic break and a stay in "the bin."

Based on a truant's story, The Best Awful is Carrie Fisher's most powerful and revealing novel: hilarious, moving, and fully informed by the wisdom of a true survivor.


About Carrie Fisher

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Carrie Fisher is the author of the bestsellers Postcards from the Edge, Surrender the Pink, and Delusions of Grandma. She has a daughter, Billie. They want to see the aurora borealis.
Published January 1, 2004 by Simon & Schuster. 528 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Rescued by best friend Craig, Suzanne messes up her new meds and winds up in the nuthouse, not such a great change from the world outside: people continue to loom up out of the drug-spangled mists, and Suzanne’s just-kidding wordplay never stops, though receiving a secret message from an old movi...

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The Best Awful by Carrie Fisher Scribner £14.99, pp288 No matter how many jokes she makes about it, nor how often she raises an ironic but perfectly plucked eyebrow in the direction of the TV lights, the story of Carrie Fisher is pure, distilled Hollywood - one heady swig and you're caught in the...

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Publishers Weekly

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Fisher's (Postcards from the Edge , etc.) powerful and partly autobiographical tale of mental illness translates brilliantly to audio, thanks in large part to the author's skillful narration.

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Publishers Weekly

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The inimitable Suzanne Vale returns to battle her demons (drugs, bipolar disorder and Hollywood self-obsession) in actress and screenwriter Fisher's blackly comic sequel to Postcards from the Edge .

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Entertainment Weekly

She has a psychotic break, quite different from her usual state of brittle mirth as a Hollywood insider with a daughter by a fellow Hollywood insider who ''forgot to tell her he was gay.'' (She'd fit into a Bruce Wagner tale.) Eventually Suzanne is hospitalized.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Wisecracking Suzanne Vale (author Carrie Fisher's alter ego) continues the story she began in 1987's Postcards From the Edge.

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