The Best Awful There Is

The Best Awful There Is 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 ScreenWhen 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 ManLonely 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

Carrie Fisher was an American actress, screenwriter and author, most famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy Fisher was the daughter of singer

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  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • The Best Awful There Is
  • Carrie Fisher
  • English
  • 05 October 2018
  • 9780743269308

10 thoughts on “The Best Awful There Is

  1. says:

    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, she begins a carefree life that sees her trying to better understand this major change What follows is a series of events that leave the reader with ringside tickets to the slow and constant spiral of an addict still incapable of handling the hard pitches that life seems to throw Fisher still seems happy to amass a scattering of thoughts in veiled fiction form, with strong parallels to her own life While a decent wordsmith, Fisher may have wanted to move away from the smarmy life she lived and choose a new avenue.I respect that everyone has their life and that an author ought to write about what they know best That said, writing quality is a major factor in producing a decent piece of fiction and one would hope non fiction as well This remained of a train wreck than the first novel in the series and I can only be thankful that there will be no others The difficulties of a Hollywood star bleed through the pages of this book, though it is as though Fisher wants to excuse the behaviour that comes with the pressure of life under the microscope I am not prepared to give her a pass, even as she has passed on, and blow rainbows into this review for something that was less than mediocre Vale proves to be even vapid than the first story and offers little of insight or entertainment for the reader, save her running off the rails when things get a little difficult Another story with few characters of interest and where most were lacklustre Again the search for a plot turns up less than the manner Jabba the Hutt might have shown on a good day Fisher again tries to tell a monologue of her life, though does not stick with the short memoirs that she has released This is by no means the best of anything, but it was awful.Shameful, Madam Fisher that you would continue to offer up such fictional drivel Thank god you know how to write or this would have been the hottest mess I have come across in a long time Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at

  2. says:

    Fisher Star Wars , over the top, self absorbed, , , , , drama queen sequel Just Awful 2.

  3. says:

    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 documents her break up with Paul Simon who becomes an anal and genius playwright instead of an anal and genius songwriter The Best Awful takes on Carrie s experience not only with her diagnosed bipolar disorder but also the fact that her husband has left her for another man.There are flashing moments of brilliance in this work which brings back Suzanne Vale, our heroine from Postcards There s Thor, the Serbian and way too young for her boyfriend, her delightfully precocious and witty daughter Honey, and Craig, who gets her out of every jam Yet the work as a whole somehow falls short Her musings on being bipolar and her moods which is touched on in Surrender The Pink as well are caught between candid honesty and a sugary coating of humor I can see the necessity of tempering and balancing the pain with fun, but it s not as effective this time around Fisher almost seems to be trying too hard to get this work out of her, to cover up the autobiographical elements And, as I reader who is vaguely aware of the world, I find this a bit difficult to take in I m left wondering, especially at the end, just what is real and what isn t and really, does that matter at all I want to find Suzanne Carrie and sit down and make sure that they re okay, really okay, despite the happy ending That feeling bumped the review up an additional star if you seduce me into worrying about your character, you ve got to be doing something right.It s worth a read if you enjoyed Postcards from the Edge, just to see where Vale wound up, or if your a fan of Carrie Fisher I somehow feel a close connection to this woman and want something for her, something better than this novel seems to suggest both in topic and in execution If you re British and can order it or American and can find it on YouTube, Fisher was recently featured in Stephen Fry s The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive Both her interview and the work as a whole is informative, moving, and generally amazing.

  4. says:

    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 be down to earth and willing to hobnob with the hoi polloi, is Carrie Fisher Each time I d seen her on a talk show, recounting her battles with addiction and relating her wacked out childhood with Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, I d marvel at her resiliency and her intact sense of humor.Along came Postcards From the Edge whence the publicity talk show circuit tours and the acclaim that came with the movie adaptation of it which I didn t have a chance to seeor read , and Carrie decided that her exercise in catharsis via writing a thinly veiled fictional account of hers and other Hollywood babies lives was not yet complete, so along comes the unfortunately titled sequel The Best Awful it s a title it s a ready made review headline Woohoo which, quite honestly, is pretty damn awful and i m not talking about the best kind, either.Her protagonist, Suzanne Vale, who evidently doggone near lost her marbles in the first book, reprises her role as Hollywood Baby cum sometime starlet, although this time her trigger is her husband turning gay on her a few years after the birth of her daughter She kinda floats along wafting in a sea of Hollywood Despair, fueled by antidepressants and dinner parties and encroaching menopause Suzanne is insufferably glib, totally unfunny, and Carrie s account of Ms Vale s vapid, superficial, whiny nature is all but unreadable Although in retrospect, maybe that was Carrie s intention She wafts from dinner party to dinner party, from friend to friend bemoaning her condition as a fag widow , grousing about her single mother hood and her dearth of potential replacements for said newly gay ex Only when Suzanne decides to stop taking her antidepressants and has a severe manic episode that leads her to the loony bin is when the story finally takes flight about mid way through Evidently Carrie KNOWS what it s like to go off one s meds and go totally nuts, or she wrote this whilst in the middle of a manic episode herself, because she TOTALLY NAiLS the frenetic aimless frenzy Ms Vale experiences as she slides unknowingly to her psychological demise It almost makes up for the 150 pages of vapidity that precedes the manic attack, but a groan worthy Hollywood Ending undermines Carrie s best intentions I m presuming given what little I know of its better received prequel you d be better off reading that and skipping this rather insipid retread.

  5. says:

    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 even MORE autobiographical than Postcards she describes manic like a first class passenger Now, I should have typed that last word as passanger as a tribute to her clever writing Never a dull momentos from her trip a soliloquy through sanity Loved it

  6. says:

    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 script doctor she pretty much wrote THE WEDDING SINGER, guys, how cool and an author I decided that I wanted to read one of her books in her memory I went with THE BEST AWFUL, the sequel to POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE Because someone I thought a lot about after her death was her daughter, Billie Susanna Lowe has moved past her time in POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE She got married to a director named Leland and had a beautiful baby daughter with him, whom they named Honey But then Leland came out And left her for another man Susanna has been raising Honey alone, trying to keep her life together for the sake of her daughter But pressures and stress push her to stop taking her medication for bipolar disorder And then she starts to fall into a manic episode, while those around her look on, somewhat helplessly Susanna s love for her daughter is what gets her through, in this novel that is based on a truant s story.So while it s a novel, much like POSTCARDS, THE BEST AWFUL clearly takes a lot of inspiration from Fisher s life Fisher was always open about her struggles with bipolar disorder and what it could lead her to do, and so reading this book, while wickedly funny, was kind of hard My gosh, if these are things that actually happened to Fisher, she was far braver and stronger than I ever gave her credit for The best parts for me were the scenes between Susanna and Honey based on Billie, I d imagine , Susanna and her mother, and Susanna and her close friend Craig I m not certain and it s probably not right, but is he partially based on Mark Hamill I hope so This book is also very hard at times, like I said, because Susanna finds herself in dangerous and upsetting situations, be in lost in a manic and violent cloud in Tiajuana, or being found unconscious Damn I love how Fisher was just so real and honest about this stuff, and I also like that she sees some of her own absurdity and can laugh at herself when she feels like it This book was melancholy to read, but I m very glad that I did I am going to miss Carrie Fisher so much.

  7. says:

    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, drugs, and a little coming of age thrown in It s a great read.

  8. says:

    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.

  9. says:

    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.

  10. says:

    This is a sequel 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 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 subtle and clever as Suzanne becomes an even unreliable narrator while she remains steadfastly confident in the fucked up things she is doing.It s a shame the book feels like two stories struggling as one but maybe that s an apt reflection of Suzanne s journey itself.Even when Fisher s work isn t her best, there is still so much good in it Her talent is sorely missed.

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