The Best Awful

The Best Awful This sequel to the bestselling Postcards from the Edge contains Carrie s Fisher s trademark intelligence and wit that brought Postcards to the Hollywood movie screen When we left Suzanne Vale at the e

  • Title: The Best Awful
  • Author: Carrie Fisher
  • ISBN: 9780743269308
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • This sequel to the bestselling Postcards from the Edge contains Carrie s Fisher s trademark intelligence and wit that brought Postcards to the Hollywood movie screen.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 nThis sequel to the bestselling Postcards from the Edge contains Carrie s Fisher s trademark intelligence and wit that brought Postcards to the Hollywood movie screen.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.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, delivered with fast and furious wit.

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    1. Carrie Fisher

      Carrie Frances Fisher 1956 2016 was an American actress, screenwriter and novelist, most famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.

    270 thoughts on “The Best Awful”

    1. In her follow-up 'novel', Fisher continues this quasi-biographical story about Suzanne Vale. In this piece, Vale seems to have come to the horrible realisation that the man who got her pregnant has since had the sexual epiphany that he is gay. Struggling with this, Vale tries to put it all into perspective while bemoaning the offspring of a dual-celebrity relationship and the issues that are sure to be bestowed on her daughter, Honey. While Vale tries to come to terms with these new realities, s [...]


    2. I really tried to like this book. I want to like Carrie Fisher's work. She seems like an incredibly kickass person, the sort of aunt you would want on your side when your mother is being completely unreasonable about your choice of boyfriend or when you find yourself alone and crying on a bus.It seems that Fisher writes a novel after surviving incredibly traumatic of difficult periods in her life. Postcards from the Edge, which is excellent, details her first trip into rehab. Surrender the Pink [...]


    3. "Like many people when they were manic, she imagined that everything she said was both riveting and worthy of note, and endlessly served up large pieces of her distorted mind. She possessed all the intensity and energy that generally came with intellect, only in her case, those characteristics came hopelessly alone." pg 220. Perhaps THE best insight into Carrie Fisher [Vanity Fair heralded her as "one of our most painfully hilarious correspondents from the edge of sanity"] I suspect this book is [...]


    4. (1 star for the first half of the book; 4 stars for the way-too-real account of the downward spiral into the abyss; 1 star for the ridiculous Hollywood Ending = 2 Stars total)Oh, Carrie Fisher, the stories you could tell! (if only you could construct a coherent sentence, or refrain from jokey aphorisms that simply aren't funny or out of context). Of all of Hollywoodland, the one person I've always wanted to meet, who'd seemed the most free of pretention and disaffectedness, who'd be most apt to [...]


    5. When Carrie Fisher tragically passed away at the end of 2016, I, like many, was pretty torn up about it. I loved her in everything she was in, and I loved that we had such a spirited and candid mental health advocate in the spotlight to be honest and open about her struggles. I truly believe that her activism did a lot when it comes to de-stigmatizing mental illness, and while we have a long way to go, Fisher did much good. She is also a whip smart and funny as hell writer, working as both a scr [...]


    6. Having experienced bipolar first hand, I saw myself in this book. At one point I had to stop because the way she described being manic, the experience it was almost too realistic. When Carrie Fisher wrote this book I found it to be very close to her own life. I didn't know she had "it". Truth is stranger than fiction. There was a lot of strange truth in these pages. Who else do you know wakes up to find a dead man in their bed? And that ain't all folks. It's a carnival of mental illness, booze, [...]


    7. I listened to this on Audio books, and it was just boring. To me, there really wasn't any type of actual story. Blah blah blah, she's bipolar, she's depressed, she nearly kills herself, she goes into rehab. I have enough depressing things in life to think about. I don't need a book to follow the same lines. This was due back on the 20th, and I didn't even finish the last cd. I never do that. It was just horrible.


    8. This book is very depressing, revealing what addicts and mentally ill people go through. And i'm guessing many addicts are mentally ill. its very hard to comprehend, but makes me realize that whatever is wrong with my life is not nearly as bad as it could be.


    9. This is a sequel more to the movie of "Postcards From the Edge" than the book. It makes for a disjointed read when the two books are read in conjunction as the two worlds never seem to meld that cohesively. The ending also seems rather tacked on and more like a wish fulfillment than an earned arc.However, the middle section where Suzanne goes off her medication is brilliant - an exceptional piece of writing. We see Suzanne's behaviour become erratic while she is totally oblivious to it. It is su [...]


    10. My love for Carrie Fisher is well documented, and after reading all four of her novels this year, I would say justified. Completely justified. This book picks up maybe a decade after Postcards from the Edge and like all of Fisher's novels, the lines blur between fiction and her real life experiences. It almost seems as if she's the kind of person writing "I have a friend with a problem, and this friend suffers from addiction and mental disorders," and you're kind of left going, well, Carrie, tel [...]


    11. This is the sequel to Postcards from the Edge. The focus of Postcards is rehab and readjustment post-rehab. The focus of this book is having a daughter with a gay man (which, of course, Carrie does have with probably the most powerful gay man in Hollywood) and on bi-polar episodes. I don't even want to go into all the reasons why this book speaks to me very deeply! I think this one may be even better than Postcards. The ongoing tale of "Suzanne Vale" (read: Carrie Fisher) spun, as always, with i [...]


    12. This woman is the best wordsmith I've ever encountered, and I've read a lot. Sometimes I just had to read phrases over a few times and even out loud to grok the fullness. She is amazing.It was rather hard to read the parts about mental illness, but I think she described it very well. I am now reading everything she ever wrote, and wish I had encountered her earlier.


    13. I've been a longtime fan, just getting around to reading her books. I always wanted to write like her painting scenes with words. I enjoy this slice of her life and admire her courage to write about it.


    14. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. I think it is a hard read, at least for me. There was too much of my child dancing through the pages. I loved it and I hated it. It is a very real look at bi-polar from the patient's point of view. It enlightened me and it terrified me.


    15. Carrie Fisher is extremely self-aware -- she knows she tries too hard. But she couldn't see that this book is terribly flawed because of this.


    16. So I love Carrie Fisher. I'm a huge fan of hers but not so much a Star Wars fan (sorry). For a few years now, I have looked up to Carrie. She was an inspiration to all those who have battled with mental health issues or drug addictions, as she managed to battle her own conflicts with humour and frankness. I have suffered with mental health issues for quite a few years now, and Miss Fisher has definitely been a beacon of light in some of those tough times. When I found out that Carrie had unfortu [...]


    17. Because I can never get enough of Carrie Fisher, her voice, her wit and humor, her honesty. Laugh out loud, yet cringe worthy and a bit heart breaking. Loved audio version via Hoopla, read by the author.


    18. Read by the author, I enjoyed it as much or more than I would had I read it. So much of Carrie Fisher's life is between the lines or right out in the open as she details her main character. Well written and tragically funny. I will likely read more of her books.


    19. It's 5 stars because Carrie Fisher is gone and I hate that. I started this before Christmas - before she left this world too soon. She is hysterically funny in this continuing story of what happened to Suzanne from Postcards From the Edge. That is all for tonight. I miss her.


    20. I keep reading Carrie Fisher because she occasionally makes devastating (and funny) observations about herself -- or, I mean, her protagonists. I loved "Postcards from the Edge" and gave numerous copies to friends when they were getting sober in their 20s (none of my friends seem to be getting sober anymore, nor have the sober ones entirely stuck with it). "Surrender the Pink" was the novel I identified most with, although the writing was usually quite flimsy, like it was a treatment for a film [...]


    21. This is the 2nd Carrie Fisher book I've read, and she just blows me away. She has this chilling ability to write exactly what I'm thinking. She is brilliantly sharp, witty, entertaining, and incredibly, incredibly deep. I want to take a highlighter to her books. This book is dark, and moving, and makes me want to give her a hug. She is an extraordinary person, and I highly recommend anything she has ever written, because even a lackluster Carrie Fisher novel (if it even exists), is better than a [...]


    22. I waited 12 years for this book to come out in mass market paperback, so that it would match the other Carrie Fisher mass markets I had in my bookcase, and it never did, so I finally bought it in hardcover on the cheap.Fisher, much like fellow addict and Hollywood perennial Robert Downey Jr is too clever by half, and her writing suffers for it. This roman a clef, a sequel to Postcards From the Edge, is so painfully, forcedly witty that it took me weeks to finish when it should have taken me days [...]


    23. I'm all for "writing books as therapy" but Carrie Fisher takes it to a whole new level. "Wishful Drinking" was good - "The Best Awful" is at best ok, at worse unreadable. The problem is a complete absence of plot. The characters are not new. The protagonist is Susanne Vale, star of "Postcards from the Edge." She marries a gay man and has a kid. Things fall apart. That's about it. The rest is just Carrie Fisher's usual word play and endless navel gazing. Sometimes it works, mostly it doesn't. Its [...]


    24. Just read this over the summer and really got into it. As always (I've read all her books), Carrie Fisher's biting humor and wordplay make for a fun and fast read. There is a section in the middle where the main character's mental health goes awry, and that part became very annoying to me. I understand it was probably supposed to, as the the character was becoming more and more obnoxious, but I'm not very tolerant of people like that. Still, I hung in there and was pleased with where the book en [...]


    25. From what I recall of Postcards From the Edge, the preceding book, that story seemed more disjointed but it worked. Postcards the book is way different from the movie, there are characters who didn't make it to the screen, and Awful, while it flows faster (manic) sometimes feels like it's trying to hard. Humor becomes more of a defense mechanism, and I get the impression Carrie/Suzanne tries too hard to use it. Everything becomes a pun when it doesn't has to. But there are some great stretches i [...]


    26. Is this a literary masterpiece? Who cares? I really needed Carrie Fisher to have a happy ending, on her own terms, and this semi-quasi-autobiographical novel gives her one. There's no resenting that. And in terms of style, well, sometimes her wit borders on dark genius, and sometimes it feels like pulling teeth. And if that feels uneven, so too does living on the inside of a mental disorder gone full-on illness. This book evokes the manic well and the depressive lucidly, which strikes me as a to [...]


    27. A sequel to 'Postcards From The Edge' that felt mildly disappointing. Suzanne is now divorced from a guy that became gay and that she has a daughter with. In order to become a more 'fun' parent she begins going back to her old ways of doing drugs. She stops taking her bi-polar meds and winds up spending time in a mental hospital. After getting out she and Leland, the gay guy who left her, end up getting back together. Really? He magically went back to being straight for her? I'm not buying it, a [...]


    28. I enjoyed Carrie Fisher's Postcards from the Edge, a thinly veiled story of her own struggles with drugs and alcohol. This book continues the story of Suzanne Vale, and her struggle with a diagnosis of manic depression. When Suzanne decides to go off her meds she spirals down into a psychotic episode and ultimately ends up in a mental hospital. Carrie Fisher’s writing is sharp and funny with splashes of brilliant phrasing. Although Suzanne’s descent into madness is scary, the sharp writing m [...]


    29. It started out funny and a bit silly. It progressed, as did her mental illness, to something serious and frightening. She comes out the other side but this is an interesting tale that delves inside the head of a manic depressive. It is a fast read. It does seem that it is very autobiographical but I don't know all of Carrie Fisher's story to tell fiction from reality. Made it even more fascinating.


    30. A good and funny story, well told. I've seen this illness stomping on a loved one, it's so difficult to deal with because the person feels so almighty wonderful, when up, that they feel that the meds that keep them level are sucking away all their joy in life and selfhood. The downs are so immobilizing and crushing that nothing constructive or creative can be accomplished, and nothing matters anyway.


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