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Postcards from the Edge (Suzanne Vale #1)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  3,715 ratings  ·  236 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
Paperback, 226 pages
Published December 31st 2002 by Pocket (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
Jan 27, 2011 Louize rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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 Os
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Hilarious. That's what you can say for it. Otherwise, it describes a lifestyle I loathe & an ideology I can't identify with.
 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
Aug 07, 2012 Linda (Miss Greedybooks) marked it as to-read
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do I have this? did I read it? Hmmm... I think I bought it because I liked the movie - check packed boxes someday.
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
Jan 12, 2009 Faith rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2005
Postcards from the Edge is a storey about the fairly successful Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale. It's drugs, food, boyfriends, carrier..., well all kinds of problems. It's true Hollywood. Not very glamorous actually. Hollywood is the edge of the world, and u can either fall or stay balancing on that edge...

The book is really entertaining and interesting. Carrie Fisher uses many different styles of story telling. At times it's loads of great and interesting dialogue, at times shifting between two
M.A. Kropp
This book was a departure from my usual fantasy and science fiction reading material. I could claim the Carrie Fisher/Star Wars connection, and there is some truth in that, since it was knowing that Fisher was in Star Wars that made me look at the book. I also have to admit that I didn't have really high expectations, but the book surprised me.

It is the story of Suzanne Vale, a young Hollywood actress, who details her life as a drug addicted Hollywood starlet trying to cope with the glitzy, glam
i picked up this one because the movie adaptation is on the list of "my favorite movies" so naturally, i was interested in the book. i am a little surprised, but also glad, to discover that the movie really is a completely separate entity from this book. the characters are the same, but the movie develops relationships other than those explored in the book - and that doesn't bother me.

the book is full of carrie fisher's biting sarcasm, which i love. that's one of the main things i find endearing
I had heard about Fisher's other book Wishful Drinking (which has a great picture of Princess Leah head down on a table on the cover) and wanted to see what she was like as an author. This book was an interesting look into a women's mind which through me. Her first chapter of diary format that later is a female and male characters perspective is good, but a bit to involved for male thinking. Fisher played down the male talk some but it is far to wordy for a guy to be saying. Guy's do think off i ...more

I never knew he Carrie Fisher was until I did some research on Debbie Reynolds from Singin' in the Rain. I don't believe I have ever seen any of her movies, or perhaps, I never knew I was seeing one of her movies.

Nonetheless, her book is edgy (pardon the pun). It takes a no-bullshit zoom on Hollywood, drugs and fame. I often found myself reading a passage and thinking that sounds too much like me. I was frightened. I believe I found my wit double. I've always been told I have an off-putting sens

Moira Fogarty
This book was a challenging read, because I think it gives an honest and raw look inside a world that many of us see as self-indulgent, privileged beyond reason, and emotionally bankrupt. In the midst of all this righteous loathing, we also envy and idolize Hollywood stars. It's a complex relationship, and it muddles this issue of this being a very well written novel. Separating judgement of the narrator's actions from the unshakeable certainty that the story is just a thin veneer of fiction ove ...more
I can't believe that this book was written 20 plus years ago. Except for the absence of cell phones and the main character, Suzanne, wearing a leotard with snaps in the crotch as a shirt this could have been set in 2011. The story follows Suzanne, a C-list star, as she goes through addiction, rehab and the scary, sober time after rehab when she is trying to put her life and career together again.
All the characters are hyper aware of their personal problems (thanks to years or decades of therap
Kasia S.
Carrie Fisher's debut novel is a hoot. The language is very fluid, seeping straight into my imagination with ease; the scenes are sometimes hilarious and other times scary but masterfully written, very impressive for a first book! For those who know anything about Carrie Fisher, they will see that the book is semi-autobiographical; sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. I loved the myriad of original analogies and wonderful sentences, the book might be small and a fast read but fun and meanin ...more
Justin McFarr
Carrie Fisher's first novel is a fun, quick read, full of the actress's trademark wit, charm and bluster. The story of Suzanne Vale, a thinly "veiled" (Valed?) version of Fisher herself, starts in a rehab facility, shortly after she's had her stomach pumped. Journal entries tell her tale, then share space with Alex's "running monologue in his head" -- a TV writer with a bad cocaine habit who finally goes over the edge one night doing coke, ecstasy AND heroin. His portion of the book is manic, fr ...more
Sarah Smith
So after the past couple of difficult reading choices I went for something a little easier this time, certainly no need for a dictionary anyway! This novel is written by princess Leia (well the actress who played her, Carrie Fisher) and much like when models decide to act I didn't have a huge amount of faith in the offspring of an actress deciding to write. wasn't all that bad, parts of it where very witty and the writing was pretty good not great enough for me to rush out and read her ...more
Not so bad, but hard for me to get into. it is a little too familiar, and I find the humor and sensibility a little to dated. not that it doesn't work, if witty sarcasm is your thing, but it is exactly the sharpness that was the pinacle of hipness in the 80s. also, there is a lot of self conscious introspection and a lot of angst in the mode of mental illness. whether it is more related to bipolar/depression or drug addiction, this book dives into the confusing morass of things that seem like th ...more
This is a semi-autobiographical novel from Princess Leia. Suzanne Vale is an actress who is also a drug addict and begins the novel by ending up in the hospital having her stomach pumped from a drug overdose. She ends up in a drug rehab clinic and sends postcards to people that move along her story. The narrative changes or bounces around and listening to it in audio book form was really confusing. I got the gist of the book though: some people are horribly self absorbed and go on to try and des ...more
Rachael Eyre
Started well, but I couldn't help feeling interest (both mine and Fisher's) fizzled out once Suzanne left rehab. The danger of writing a character who feels dislocated from reality is the reader finds it difficult to care about them. It's a pity, because there were flashes of insight and some great writing.

Liked the way Hollywood was satirised; loved the character of Lucy. It made you wish she was the focal character - but then she wouldn't have wound up in that situation to begin with.
Jeremy Blaustein
Maybe I was disappointed because it wasn't what I was expecting. Some really fascinating scenes, but the most involving sections came early on. The energy only dissipates from there. I'd have been happier had the plot been more coherent and less coincidental. All characters other than Suzanne don't get the chance to seek resolve (when I was most interested in following the journey of her best creation- Alex).
Nov 17, 2012 kate added it
there must be another book about what happens to a book in hollywood. the shirley maclaine sized mother part is virtually nonexistent in the book and the only thing I remember from the movie is the scene on the stairs with meryl streep.

At first, the book was kind of driving me crazy and then I realized it is a book about actors, writers and producers in the l.a. film industry. The vapid self absorption of the characters and self indulgent "I'm so witty and fabulous can you believe what I'm sayin
I'm not entirely sure why, but I didn't like this book at all. I found it to be boring and try-hard, basically all the time. There were small snip-its that were good, but on the whole I couldn't wait for this book to be over.

I had no idea there was a film adaption as well; from what I can tell the book is vastly different from the movie, so maybe I'll give the film a try.
I had heard several times that Carrie Fisher is more of a writer who occasionally acts and not an actress who wrote a book, so I decided it was time to read this. But I confess, for the first half of the book I couldn't seperate the real life actress from the story's voice- I kept wondering if it was based on her real experiences, was she into the drug scene, or did she see maybe a lot of that lifestyle in her movie work. When I got past that and was able to focus only on the story, I got distra ...more
Take away the drug addiction problem and I think I have never felt a character more relatable to how I feel. I actually started this book many months ago but after reading the second chapter of the book, A Banquet of Crumbs, I had to stop reading since it just too painfully reminded of my most recent long standing non-relationship. But then I got to the Dysphoria chapter and it made me smile cuz it reminded me of many of the long winded, pointless, repetitive, theraputic and silly conversations ...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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