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Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher | Book Review

I adore Carrie’s memoirs, so I was excited to read one of her works of fiction. Sadly, Postcards from the Edge doesn’t live up to the high bar that her autobiographies have set. The plot centers on an actress named Suzanne Vale, who one day accidentally overdoses and is sent to rehab to detox and basically get her shit together. After leaving rehab, she’s left with struggling to find work, trying to find a solid relationship, and coming to terms with herself.

The format of this novel just didn’t work for me. It jumps ahead in time rapidly, and the different periods of Suzanne’s life don’t flow well together. Also, a chapter centering on a fellow patient from rehab feels out of place and doesn’t end up going anywhere. What I liked about this novel was Suzanne herself. There are obvious parallels between Carrie and her fictional creation, and she felt like a real, breathing person. I was rooting for her to get the life that she desperately wanted, and kept flipping the pages to see how she’d handle life after addiction.

Even though I wasn’t a fan of the writing style and the jarring time jumps, I was invested in Suzanne’s life and want to read the sequel to find out what unfurls in Suzanne’s future. A flawed, yet fascinating, novel.


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