** THE NEW YORK TIMES-BESTSELLING CULT CLASSIC NOVEL **
** In a new edition introduced by Stephen Fry **
‘I don’t think you can even call this a drug. This is just a response to the conditions we live in.’
Suzanne Vale, formerly acclaimed actress, is in rehab, feeling like ‘something on the bottom of someone’s shoe, and not even someone interesting’. Immersed in the sometimes harrowing, often hilarious goings-on of the drug hospital and wondering how she’ll cope – and find work – back on the outside, she meets new patient Alex. Ambitious, good-looking in a Heathcliffish way and in the grip of a monumental addiction, he makes Suzanne realize that, however eccentric her life might seem, there’s always someone who’s even closer to the edge of reason.
Carrie Fisher’s bestselling debut novel is an uproarious commentary on Hollywood – the home of success, sex and insecurity – and has become a beloved cult classic.
‘This novel, with its energy, bounce and generous delivery of a loud laugh on almost every page, stands as a declaration of war on two fronts: on normal and on unhappy’ STEPHEN FRY
‘A single woman’s answer to Nora Ephron’s Heartburn . . . the smart successor to Joan Didion’s Play It as It Lays’ Los Angeles Times
‘A cult classic . . . A wonderfully funny, brash and biting novel’ Washington Post
'A wickedly shrewd black-humor riff on the horrors of rehab and the hollows of Hollywood life' People
'Searingly funny' Vogue
Readers who persevere beyond the opening, off-putting chapters of this first novel by actress Fisher will discover that she brings a real talent to bear on her depiction of Hollywood. In a series of vignettes, we meet the protagonist, young film star Suzanne Vale, in a detox clinic where she is doing time after an overdose. Her compulsive, high-pitched voice confirms that the entertainment industry is indeed full of self-obsessed, neurotic people. A writer/cocaine addict named Alex is the next person heard from; his scatological stream of consciousness, interrupted by lines reading "(SNIFF) Aaahh'' and his habit of saying ``I'm gonna'' may put the reader's teeth on edge. When Fisher hits her stride, however, the narrative begins to brim with snappy dialogue, sensitive insights and witty asides. We watch Suzanne trying to overcome her loneliness and insecurity as she interacts with agents, writers, producers, psychiatrists and a whole range of Tinseltown types. Her attempts to establish a mature relationship seem doomed to fizzle, but Fisher has a surprise in store in the book's closing pages. First serial to Redbook and Cosmopolitan; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book clubs alternate; major ad/promo; author tour.