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Postcards from the Edge
     

Postcards from the Edge

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by Carrie Fisher
 

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"I'm expecting a breakthrough any decade now..."

Suzanne Vale is funny and famous, a thirty-ish actress who has crash-landed in rehab, and navigated the humorous and harrowing byways of all of her addictions...even love. Tough yet fragile, she's hanging on -- and she's not sure why. There is her unsupporting cast of friends and lovers: Alex, an

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"I'm expecting a breakthrough any decade now..."

Suzanne Vale is funny and famous, a thirty-ish actress who has crash-landed in rehab, and navigated the humorous and harrowing byways of all of her addictions...even love. Tough yet fragile, she's hanging on -- and she's not sure why. There is her unsupporting cast of friends and lovers: Alex, an arrogantly handsome TV writer. Suzanne has a place in his heart...and maybe even in his new script. Jack, a producer and super-stud. His relationship with Suzanne is heavy on analysis and light on commitment. Lucy, her trusted gal pal. When the going gets rough, they charge away their blues on Rodeo Drive. Jesse, a novelist and the almost-too-good-to-be-true result of a "dating accident." His Niceness is boring Suzanne to death -- and driving her crazy with love.

Editorial Reviews

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''
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439108994
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
11/03/2008
Edition description:
Simon & Schuster
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 5.24(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author

Carrie Fisher (1956-2016) 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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Postcards from the Edge 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BasilRose More than 1 year ago
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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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.
BlowPop More than 1 year ago
So, if you've never been on drugs (the illegal kind, not the prescription kind where you take according to what you're suppose to) and never had to go to rehab and aren't rich and white, this is a great book to second hand experience all that. This book has humour, some of it self deprecating in a coping type of way but it also stays on the serious side of hey this happened and this is what happened afterwards. I mean, had they made us read this in elementary school rather than having the next to useless DARE program (which really made me expect to be propositioned to do drugs more than I ever have been...twice in the 31 years I've been alive), it would have been a much better "don't do drugs" program. And most likely more effective. All in all, this was a pretty great book to read.
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