Postcards from the Edge

Postcards from the Edge

by Carrie Fisher


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439194003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 05/04/2010
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 333,211
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
FreeReadAndWrite 5 months ago
I had a really strange experience listening to this. Maybe partly just because I can remember that experience of drugs and being on the edge. But more so, knowing all we know about Carrie Fisher, this is definitely more than just semi autobiographical. It felt like listening to her on the edge of why we lost her, & it was a strange, difficult experience. And then I can’t help but wonder, how would I have felt about this if she were alive? Would I have felt so compelled? Perhaps it’s a question better left unexplored
sturlington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Carrie Fisher¿s (yes, Princess Leia) first novel is a mishmash of styles that ultimately disappoints. The main character, an actress named Suzanne, is drifting through her Hollywood world, asking unimportant questions about relationships, drugs and life. Try all you like, but it¿s hard to get attached to someone who is so unattached to her own existence.
skinglist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oy. Just because you can write a book doesn't mean you should. And Carrie Fisher needs to go back to being Princess Leia. I made it through the first 80 pages saying "it has to get better" and then I gave up. Pulled a grandma and read the end--it didn't make me want to go back and see what I missed.I guess I was spoiled by Rachel's Holiday, where the story was more fleshed out and you actually got to know the characters. Eep. I don't think I've ever given a book a "1" before.
lclc2u on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read this book when it first came out. I loved Carrie's wit.And most of this feels so true!!
autumnc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I. Loved. This. As a psychologist with my own personal experiences with drugs, I can say that Fisher's "voice" is so realistic in describing the actual drug experience that I felt I was reliving all of it! The rationalizing, the relationships- with "normal" people and with therapy- she absolutely nailed it.Not to mention it is incredibly smart and funny, and the end is appropriately cynical rather than They lived happily ever after.Anyone that is considering going into addictions counseling or has a healthy hold on their own addictions and wants to feel like you have a friend in Fisher- well this one is for you.And I would be remiss if I said that doesn't change my opinion of her as an actor.
ccahill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The only slightly entertaining parts of this book were the ramblings of the drug addict in the beginning. Admittedly, I did not finish this book, so perhaps the ending is better; however, I found the main character's narcissism and whining too grating to continue reading. The plot, if you could say there was one, was extremely boring- I could not stay engaged for more than a few pages at a time.
ChuckRedman More than 1 year ago
Postcards From the Edge, Carrie Fisher’s highly autobiographical novel, is made up of two parts, despite its table of contents which lists seven. The first one-third of the book is written in first person and contains the journal of a Hollywood starlet who is a recovering drug abuser. Her journal is very frank and introspective, clever and nicely written. Her character is very well-developed, not surprisingly, since it is probably a mirror image of the author’s own character. It’s a good portrayal of what growing up in show business can do to fragile egos. The most powerful and important component of the book is the inner monologue of a hardcore cocaine addict who is in denial. It is brilliant and, as the New York Times calls it, “harrowing”. Boy is that the right word. Fisher interlaces the guy’s monologue with the actress’s journal. The contrasts between the two characters are significant and full of meaning. And it would be hard to read the entirety of the guy’s monologue without the comic relief of her journal entries. The guy puts himself through hell, taking copious amounts of drugs, and reading his first-person account is a little taste of hell itself. But people need to understand that reality. School kids, especially, should read that part. Fisher apparently had swallowed some very strong doses of reality herself. The last two-thirds of the book is in third-person with very little plot or character development. It shows the actress putting her life and acting career back on track after getting out of drug rehab. It has some funny repartee-type dialogue, some witty narration. But it is nothing like the first part of the book, and probably can be skipped altogether. I don’t know why Fisher made the book so disjointed. Seemingly there just wasn’t enough story to fill a whole book.
LynnLD More than 1 year ago
This is a private look into the lives of the Hollywood celebrities, striving actors, actresses and writers. Carrie Fisher spins the tales and adventures of Suzanne Vale with a humorous twist that will surely have you laughing out loud. Suzanne spends time in rehab, has bouts of lengthy depression between acting jobs, witnesses the musical chairs of the dating game and indulges herself with high-end shopping sprees. Carrie Fisher gives a peek into the daily lives of those on the Hollywood scene and sheds light on the fact that ‘all that glitters is not gold.'
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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