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ISBN13: 9780743269308
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When we left Suzanne Vale at the end of Carrie Fisher's bestselling Postcards from the Edge, she had survived drug abuse, rehab, and Hollywood celebrity. The Best Awful takes Suzanne back to the edge with a new set of troubles — not the least of which is that her studio executive husband turned out to be gay and has left her for a man.

Lonely for a man herself, Suzanne decides that her medication is cramping her style, and she goes off her meds — with disastrous results. The "manic" side of the illness convinces her it would be a good idea to get a tattoo, cut off her hair, and head to Mexico with a burly ex-con and a stash of OxyContin. As she wakes up in Tijuana, the "depressive" side kicks in, leading Suzanne through a series of surreal psychotic episodes before landing her in a mental hospital. With the help of her movie star mom, a circle of friends, and even her ex-husband, she begins the long journey back to sanity.

Based on a truant's story, The Best Awful is by turns highly comic and darkly tragic, a roller-coaster ride through the dizzying highs and crushing lows of manic depression, yet containing all the fast and furious wit that made Postcards from the Edge both a bestselling novel and a hit movie.

Review:

"Pharmacological facts and scenes from group therapy are revealed with Fischer's trademark irony and nonstop wisecracks. Rather than hide the painful truths of mental disorders, her humor serves to highlight them." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Ms. Fisher's most amusingly snarky book since Postcards From the Edge....[T]his tartly funny book is off to the races, inviting readers to tag along on a wild manic ride." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"Bravado, intelligence, wit and iffy medication. Suzanne Vale (or Carrie Fisher) uses every weapon in our fragile human arsenal to fight against the numb horror of madness." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Fisher's novels deserve their popularity. Her intelligence and humor — sometimes wicked, sometimes winningly self-deprecating — are matched by a no-nonsense quality." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"[T]he writing is punchy and warm, with abundant energy for humor....This skillful novel reveals the common ground in what seems to be a special case. The shocks and bolts of bipolar life are...not so very different from the fugal intensity of ordinary life." Times Literary Supplement (U.K.)

Review:

"The satirical swipes at Tinseltownare missing here....The rest is all Suzanne, and she's just not interesting enough to sustain the attention." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Despite the tawdry subject matter, wit and humor abound, making this novel recommended for all fiction collections." Library Journal

Review:

"Fisher's strengths lie in her witty dialogue and her lambasting of Hollywood at its most shallow, but her characters never quite gel like they should. Fans of Postcards...might enjoy this, but they also might be left wishing for more insight into Suzanne." Booklist

Review:

"The Best Awful is completely successful in describing one woman's journey into hell. Fisher's comic tone takes the edge off her grim subject matter, yet she is fearless in blowing society's lid off psychosis." The Oregonian (Portland, OR)

Review:

"Pick up The Best Awful and you'll be hard-pressed to put it down. Maybe it's the Hollywood gossip. Maybe it's the snappy dialogue. Maybe it's the run-on sentences." Minneapolis Star Tribune

Review:

"The story is a messy, humorous read — and will make your own life seem a lot less crazy....Though Fisher's zippy dialogue still takes center stage, she has definitely sharpened her descriptive skills." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"Fisher dispenses snappy one-liners and pithy observations in her entertaining new novel with practiced aplomb....The Best Awful is at its best as Fisher recounts Suzanne's stay at Shady Lanes...which Suzanne will be the first to tell you is no Girl, Interrupted." Orlando Sentinel

Review:

"No-holds-barred humor and snappy banter." People

Review:

"Carrie Fisher [is] one of our most painfully hilarious correspondents from the edge of sanity." Vanity Fair

Synopsis:

In this darkly funny sequel to the bestselling Postcards from the Edge, Carrie Fisher is back with the story of a woman on the verge of, in the middle of, and recovering from her descent into insanity. Wry, tender, and painfully entertaining, this is Fisher at her most candid and revealing best.

Synopsis:

Inspired by Fisher's own emotional battles, The Best Awful relates the story of a woman who is on the verge of, in the depths of, and in recovery from a psychotic breakdown.

About the Author

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.

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Bridget Oliver, August 8, 2013 (view all comments by Bridget Oliver)
I don't know if it was because I was miffed that she was just writing a memoir in the third person using different names, or that the characterization of Suzanne Vale reminded me too much of someone else in my life, but either way it made it extremely difficult to enjoy this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743269308
Author:
Fisher, Carrie
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
General
Subject:
Divorced women
Subject:
Manic-depressive persons
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Humorous
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
January 5, 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 8.96 oz

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Product details 288 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743269308 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Pharmacological facts and scenes from group therapy are revealed with Fischer's trademark irony and nonstop wisecracks. Rather than hide the painful truths of mental disorders, her humor serves to highlight them."
"Review" by , "Ms. Fisher's most amusingly snarky book since Postcards From the Edge....[T]his tartly funny book is off to the races, inviting readers to tag along on a wild manic ride."
"Review" by , "Bravado, intelligence, wit and iffy medication. Suzanne Vale (or Carrie Fisher) uses every weapon in our fragile human arsenal to fight against the numb horror of madness."
"Review" by , "Fisher's novels deserve their popularity. Her intelligence and humor — sometimes wicked, sometimes winningly self-deprecating — are matched by a no-nonsense quality."
"Review" by , "[T]he writing is punchy and warm, with abundant energy for humor....This skillful novel reveals the common ground in what seems to be a special case. The shocks and bolts of bipolar life are...not so very different from the fugal intensity of ordinary life."
"Review" by , "The satirical swipes at Tinseltownare missing here....The rest is all Suzanne, and she's just not interesting enough to sustain the attention."
"Review" by , "Despite the tawdry subject matter, wit and humor abound, making this novel recommended for all fiction collections."
"Review" by , "Fisher's strengths lie in her witty dialogue and her lambasting of Hollywood at its most shallow, but her characters never quite gel like they should. Fans of Postcards...might enjoy this, but they also might be left wishing for more insight into Suzanne."
"Review" by , "The Best Awful is completely successful in describing one woman's journey into hell. Fisher's comic tone takes the edge off her grim subject matter, yet she is fearless in blowing society's lid off psychosis."
"Review" by , "Pick up The Best Awful and you'll be hard-pressed to put it down. Maybe it's the Hollywood gossip. Maybe it's the snappy dialogue. Maybe it's the run-on sentences."
"Review" by , "The story is a messy, humorous read — and will make your own life seem a lot less crazy....Though Fisher's zippy dialogue still takes center stage, she has definitely sharpened her descriptive skills."
"Review" by , "Fisher dispenses snappy one-liners and pithy observations in her entertaining new novel with practiced aplomb....The Best Awful is at its best as Fisher recounts Suzanne's stay at Shady Lanes...which Suzanne will be the first to tell you is no Girl, Interrupted."
"Review" by , "No-holds-barred humor and snappy banter."
"Review" by , "Carrie Fisher [is] one of our most painfully hilarious correspondents from the edge of sanity."
"Synopsis" by , In this darkly funny sequel to the bestselling Postcards from the Edge, Carrie Fisher is back with the story of a woman on the verge of, in the middle of, and recovering from her descent into insanity. Wry, tender, and painfully entertaining, this is Fisher at her most candid and revealing best.
"Synopsis" by , Inspired by Fisher's own emotional battles, The Best Awful relates the story of a woman who is on the verge of, in the depths of, and in recovery from a psychotic breakdown.
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