Postcards from the Edge

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This bestselling Hollywood novel by the witty author of Wishful Drinking and Shockaholic that was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

When we first meet the extraordinary young actress Suzanne Vale, she’s feeling like “something on the bottom of someone’s shoe, and not even someone interesting.” Suzanne is in the harrowing and hilarious throes of drug rehabilitation, trying to understand what happened to her life and ...

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Overview

This bestselling Hollywood novel by the witty author of Wishful Drinking and Shockaholic that was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

When we first meet the extraordinary young actress Suzanne Vale, she’s feeling like “something on the bottom of someone’s shoe, and not even someone interesting.” Suzanne is in the harrowing and hilarious throes of drug rehabilitation, trying to understand what happened to her life and how she managed to land in a “drug hospital.”

Just as Fisher’s first film role—the precocious teenager in Shampoo—echoed her own Beverly Hills upbringing, her first book is set within the world she knows better than anyone else: Hollywood. This stunning literary debut chronicles Suzanne’s vivid, excruciatingly funny experiences inside the clinic and as she comes to terms with life in the outside world. Postcards from the Edge is more than a book about stardom and drugs. It is a revealing look at the dangers—and delights—of all our addictions, from money and success to sex and insecurity.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A sharply irreverent, deliciously witty trip through Hollywood-land." — Jackie Collins

"At once harrowing and hilarious." — The New York Times

"A wry and witty commentary on life." — San Jose Mercury News

"A cult classic.... A wonderfully funny, brash, and biting novel." — The Washington Post Book World

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Readers who persevere beyond the opening, off-putting chapters of this first novel by actress Fisher will discover that she brings a real talent to bear on her depiction of Hollywood. In a series of vignettes, we meet the protagonist, young film star Suzanne Vale, in a detox clinic where she is doing time after an overdose. Her compulsive, high-pitched voice confirms that the entertainment industry is indeed full of self-obsessed, neurotic people. A writer/cocaine addict named Alex is the next person heard from; his scatological stream of consciousness, interrupted by lines reading ``(SNIFF) Aaahh'' and his habit of saying ``I'm gonna'' may put the reader's teeth on edge. When Fisher hits her stride, however, the narrative begins to brim with snappy dialogue, sensitive insights and witty asides. We watch Suzanne trying to overcome her loneliness and insecurity as she interacts with agents, writers, producers, psychiatrists and a whole range of Tinseltown types. Her attempts to establish a mature relationship seem doomed to fizzle, but Fisher has a surprise in store in the book's closing pages. First serial to Redbook and Cosmopolitan; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book clubs alternate; major ad/promo; author tour. (August 5)
Library Journal
``The thing about having it all is, it should include having the ability to have it all,'' says actress Suzanne Vale, the main character in Fisher's stylish first novel. In five vignettes Vale enters a drug rehab clinic, has a nonrelationship with a producer, gets a part in a film, has a ``nervous pit stop,'' and finally finds happiness in a real relationship. Actress Fisher ( Star Wars, Hannah and Her Sisters ) knows all too well the Hollywood she describes, with a voice detached yet full of insight. A memorable sequence in the title story features a drug experience that is both frightening and funny. Fisher has a talent for creating interesting situations and believable characters. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates. Susan Avallone, ``Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439194003
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 459,540
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Carrie Fisher became a cultural icon as Princess Leia in the first Star Wars trilogy. She starred in countless films, including Shampoo and When Harry Met Sally. She is the author of Shockaholic; Wishful Drinking (which became a hit Broadway production); and four bestselling novels, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, and Postcards from the Edge.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Excellently absurd

    I admit I picked this one up because it was written by Princess Leia, but I'm glad I did. At times surreal, this is an excellent first novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2003

    Hilariously Correct

    Actress Carrie Fisher of 'Star Wars' fame wrote this wonderful novel about a fictional actress named Suzanne Vale. The novel is hilarious. It tackles the issues that all people today deal with and think about in their heads. It deals with drud addictions, sex, relationships, family, friends, love, fame, and success. The movie and the novel (both written by Fisher) are very different, yet very brilliant in their own seperate ways.

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