The Best Awful At her awfulest, Suzanne Vale -- the same Ms. Vale of tears and bons mots from Fisher's wisecracking-through-rehab 1987 best-seller "Postcards From the Edge" --… The Best Awful At her awfulest, Suzanne Vale -- the same Ms. Vale of tears and bons mots from Fisher's wisecracking-through-rehab 1987 best-seller "Postcards From the Edge" --… 2004-01-06 Fiction
Book Review

The Best Awful (2004)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jan 06, 2004; Writer: Carrie Fisher; Genre: Fiction

At her awfulest, Suzanne Vale -- the same Ms. Vale of tears and bons mots from Fisher's wisecracking-through-rehab 1987 best-seller ''Postcards From the Edge'' -- stops taking her medication for bipolar disorder. She has a psychotic break, quite different from her usual state of brittle mirth as a Hollywood insider with a daughter by a fellow Hollywood insider who ''forgot to tell her he was gay.'' (She'd fit into a Bruce Wagner tale.) Eventually Suzanne is hospitalized. (She'd fit into an Augusten Burroughs tale.) Then she's released, happy for the mother-and-child reunion with her adored little girl. Fisher's prose is trademark snappy and free-associative, and, as in ''Postcards,'' she gaily courts speculation about the book's real-life models. But there is something disconcertingly blue and lost beneath the book's hectic charms, like dark circles of sleeplessness under the eyes of the life of the party.

Originally posted Jan 16, 2004 Published in issue #746 Jan 16, 2004 Order article reprints