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Postcards from the Edge (Suzanne Vale #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,449 Ratings  ·  299 Reviews
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 preco ...more
Hardcover, 221 pages
Published by Simon & Schuster (first published August 1st 1987)
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you know that moment, at the party-you-didn't-want-to-come-to, filled with the important-people-from-work-who-don't-really-like-you, standing in the corner-of-the apartment-marked-specifically-for-losers-and-the-apartment-cat (who is now drunk and stuffed on mini shrimp popper appetizers)? the moment where you realize that you didn't wear the right shoes, your dress is being worn as a shirt by the most beautiful woman in the room, and everyone in the entire WORLD is staring at you when they a
Sometimes I feel like I've got my nose pressed up against the window of a bakery, only I'm the bread.

In Postcards from the Edge, Carrie Fisher writes part-fiction, part-memoirs about the highs and lows of life in Hollywood. And by that, I mean the highs of drug consumption followed by the enforced lows administered at the inevitable stay in rehab.

It is truly fascinating to listen to the her voice spewing the most intricate, absurdist, intellectual and insightful witticisms, trying to catch every
Feb 10, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I searched what became one of my favourite online bookstores for Carrie Fisher in the hope of finding a copy of Wishful Drinking. Instead, I found myself staring at a list of available titles that included Postcards from the Edge. And the question was, why not?

Postcards from the Edge mainly follows the story of an actress who found her way to a rehab clinic after losing – almost for good – her life to drugs. Suzanne has reached her thirties and, after her drug scandal, is having a hard time find
Mar 14, 2011 Elisabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
This book only furthered my belief that Carrie Fisher is a genius. The book is NOTHING like the movie, except for a small part in the middle, but since Carrie also wrote the screenplay it is all good. A lot of what she says in this book rang oddly true to me which was a little confronting, but only made me love it more.

Negative parts? In the beginning when alex narrates the story, he was sooooo annoying, but then again, he was a cokehead and those are known for being annoying. So point well mad
Jul 26, 2016 Andi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
review to come...


So. Here is the deal, because there is not much to tell about this book because nothing seems to happen after the character gets out of rehab.

This book has no plot for 2/3rds. Sad, but true. I think Carrie Fisher is a great writer. She has a way of creating this characters that have a ton of flaws but are witty and real. I think Suzanne is her - this was her outlet, this was her way of writing out her feelings and not caring if a story came out of it.

Also, Alex... why were
Jan 27, 2011 Louize rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Louize by: the movie
“Most people dream big, you dream small. It’s just whatever you haven’t got is what you want. It isn’t the life, it’s what you do with it. So, do something regular with your irregular life, rather than trying to get a regular one, ‘cause you’d just do something irregular with that.”

Driven by my fondness of the film adaptation, I grabbed this book from an on-sale bin from BookSale. I’m sure you’re all aware of the all-star cast movie; and of Meryl Streep and Shirley McLaine’s Golden Globe and O
Blow Pop
Jul 14, 2016 Blow Pop rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2016
Content warnings: mentions of sex, drug use, drug abuse, drug overdose, talk of experiences in rehab

Review can be found here at Blow Pop's Book Reviews.
Mar 05, 2016 Woowott rated it liked it
Right. So, not my favourite style of writing. That being said, I enjoyed this book, and I found it to be witty. And funny. Somehow, witty and funny have different connotations.

Essentially, this little novel relays the tale of the unhappy but hilarious actress Suzanne Vale. The first part is epistolary, detailing her time in rehab, her struggles and relationships with the other people in rehab. She makes it sounds tragic but somehow fun. Partway through the first chapter, we are introduced to a
Trish Mcneill
Oct 01, 2015 Trish Mcneill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever had a drug problem or know someone who has, if you've ever had an eating disorder or know someone who has, if you've ever felt trapped in your own life, if you've ever wondered when you were going to get your shit together, if you've ever felt like you were on the edge of a nervous breakdown (or a nervous pit-stop), if you've ever wondered if you were crazy...
Read this book.
Postcards From The Edge will help you understand the fact that sometimes you'll just never understand.
 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
do I have this? did I read it? Hmmm... I think I bought it because I liked the movie - check packed boxes someday.
Mar 05, 2016 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4.5 Stars]

Sardonic humor is totally my thing, and Carrie Fisher executes that kind of dry, morbid humor just as well as I expected she would. I had really high expectations for this novel, and they were met for the most part, though in a completely different way than I imagined.

The structure was strange and almost disjointed, but it worked for the way that Suzanne, the protagonist, thinks and acts. I don't usually read adult novels, but this was a really good segway into that genre for me beca
Jun 02, 2012 Lennie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Suzanne Vale is a typical Hollywood actress who obsesses about herself. She spends time in rehab for overdosing on drugs only to discover that drugs weren’t the problem, life was the problem, and drugs were just the solution. She feels guilty for messing up the life she was given and so when she is discharged from rehab she makes an effort to restart her acting career. Of course there are bumps in the road and things don’t go as smoothly as she would like them to. Then there is the matter of her ...more
Aug 23, 2009 Greta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Carrie Fisher is a trip, excuse the pun as it echoes of the first section of this novel, and I'm super glad that I've now read this and have experienced the easy, authentic, fiesty voice and the simultaneous criticality and sensitivity with which she, in and through her characters, sees and communicates the world.

two quotations that stood out to me in this series of postcards and snapshots of sorts...

regarding intimate relationships; something to consider:

"My route to intimacy is routine. I est
Jennifer McGue
Feb 07, 2016 Jennifer McGue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Witty and laugh-out-loud funny. It has the kind of humor that one can imagine would pour out of Carrie Fisher.
Oct 23, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
I read this book a long time ago and don't recall having re-read it. It probably deserved a re-read and may yet get one. Yes it is by a 'celebrity' and yes it is about the zany life that celebrities lead in LA-LA land, but it is very funny, well written and engaging. So, if you read for the sake of reading, then this book is going to amuse and please you.

When I began reading it, I had not expectation of it being a good book. I can happily report that I was pleasantly surprised by the writing sty
Paula Dembeck
This is Carrie Fisher’s first novel, a semi- autobiographical piece about a film star who undergoes rehab following an overdose and subsequently tries to re-establish her life and career.

We meet Suzanne Vale during her rehab experience. At the clinic, she meets a scary addict named Alex and the two share their experiences. Suzanne goes through the harrowing recovery process, looking back at painful memories of blackouts, memory loss and waking up in the bed of a man she did not know. The reader
L.E. Truscott
Postcard from the Edge is the story of Suzanne Vale, a Los Angeles-based actress struggling with drug addiction and a so-so career. When we meet her, it’s day one of her thirty day stay in rehab and she’s keeping a diary at the suggestion of one of her counsellors. Through Suzanne’s diary, we also meet the other people she’s undertaking rehab with at the same time and none of them are all that important to the overall story.

On day fifteen, Suzanne’s diary entries start being interspersed with th
Jan 16, 2016 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
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Davita Walker
Jan 11, 2016 Davita Walker rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
She's an excellent author, the subject matter just wasn't to my liking & I just couldn't get into it. I am interested in giving her other books a try, though.
Susan Rose
Plot: Suzanne is an actress in rehab, this book follows her struggle with addiction and her life after rehab.

Form: The first 100 pages are told in journal entries (to be honest I would have preferred to it all to have been told that way). I found the first section of this book to be the most enjoyable partly because of the structure but also because that is the time the character is in the rehab clinic.

I wanted to read this book, because I have heard Carrie Fisher talking about her mental healt
Emily Schmidt
May 12, 2014 Emily Schmidt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I have seen the movie adaptation of this novel before and really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to the novel. When I began it and found that it is drastically different from the film, I was a little disappointed. The film primarily focuses on a film star's relationship with her mother, but the mother is almost completely absent in the book. However, what I really didn't like was the structure of the novel itself. It jumped around from chapter (or section?) to chapter trying out different w ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edgy, witty, different. Drug rehab, therapy, acting, introspection. Interesting look at Hollywood, great characters, entertaining. Suzanne Vale, her life, her friend Lucy. Alex with his scary drug addiction. None of them lifestyles for me, but excellent protrayal. Carrie Fisher's writing impressed me.
Oct 11, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-unowned, fiction
Every time I interact with Carrie Fisher's writing, I am always blown away by it. She writes what she knows, and she knows how boring Hollywood is, and how insipid and out of touch.

But with her razor sharp insights and good humor, she manages to cut through all of that and tell a really relate-able story. There are a lot of parallels between "Suzanne Vale" and Fisher herself and she knows that.

I liked Suzanne's friendship with Lucy; Alex was annoying and awful, but we luckily don't spend that
Lola Nation
The first half is GREAT. The second half is a dimension into her dating life quirks which I could have lived without - much like the author the book has quite a few personalities and is a fun read.
Gretchen Fatouros
Not my usual style of book & sort of felt a bit disjointed here and there.

As a very "goody-twoshoes" (like Adam Ant sings)-type of person, this is an interesting insight into that type of life. I found it interesting the struggles going on in the main character's head.

Found some quotes that really called to me. She is very smart & always thinking...

At first, it remembered me a little of the book "Tales from the City" (not my usual style & one a friend gave me). As it progressed, it
Jun 21, 2015 Tristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women
Scattered, problematic, self-involved, sometimes funny (but not often) and sad. One of those rare cases where the film is far better.
Dec 04, 2008 Caty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious. That's what you can say for it. Otherwise, it describes a lifestyle I loathe & an ideology I can't identify with.
A strange book that seemed to me disjointed and lacking in organization. There are some humorous sections but for me many of them did not seem so. I felt that the author was all to often reaching for humor rather than attaining it. In the latter part of the book the author decides to focus on resolving Suzanne's life. Suzanne is an insecure woman who frequently lacks confidence in herself and finds it difficult to trust other people. And, she does not take criticism or recommendations to improve ...more
Jun 22, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really thought I would like this book because I saw a special with Carrie Fisher and she was quite funny. However I just couldn't get into the drug rehab part of the book to start. I almost put it down and I really only skimmed it. It seemed just silly and self absorbed and not at all interesting. If she would have written a paragraph that said, She spent the whole time thinking about.... but it just was a running commentary of her (and another character's anxiety). The rest of the book was a ...more
Gavin Smith
This is entertaining and funny. Fisher has a dry and witty style that is easy to read and feels very honest. Her characters wallow in their insecurities, but they are aware that they are wallowing and they're pretty insecure about it. When she introduces characters that lack that awareness, they mostly come off as complete morons. I'm sure that a lot of this is based on the author's personal experiences, which probably weren't so entertaining to live through, but she seems pretty at peace with t ...more
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Carrie Frances Fisher is an American actress, screenwriter and novelist. She is most famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.
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