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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (647 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carrie Fisher Narrator: Carrie Fisher Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Suzanne Vale, the Hollywood actress, whose drug addiction and rehab rigors were so brilliantly dissected by Carrie Fisher in Postcards From the Edge, is back. And this time she has a new problem: She's had a child with someone who forgot to tell her he was gay. He forgot to tell her and she forgot to notice.

Suzanne's not sure she has what it takes to be the best mother to her daughter, Honey. She can't seem to shake the blues from losing Honey's father to Nick -- the man who got the man who got away. Or maybe those aren't the blues, just more symptoms of her sprawling multi-symptomatic bipolar illness: an illness Suzanne can't bring herself to take all that seriously, no matter what her doctors say. How serious can an illness be whose symptoms are spending sprees, substance abuse, and sexual promiscuity? And worst of all, under the watchful round eyes of the pills the doctors' plied her with, her friends are starting to find her a little...boring.

The obvious solution is to take a little walk on the wild side. But what starts out as a brief gambol through the scary/fun world of twenty-first-century dating becomes a vigorous jog-trot through the latest drug wonderland -- and finally a wild gallop toward a psychotic breakdown and a stay in "the bin."

Based on a truant's story, The Best Awful is Carrie Fisher's most powerful and revealing novel: hilarious, moving, and fully informed by the wisdom of a true survivor. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Best Awful [is] Ms. Fisher’s most amusingly snarky book since Postcards From the Edge…tartly funny, inviting readers to tag along on a wild manic ride…fierce comic flair.” 

    New York Times

  • The Best Awful promises over 250 pages of uninhibited entertainment.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sandra | 1/13/2014

    " I gave up on p.23. I just couldn't follow along with the babbley writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Noel | 1/12/2014

    " For some reason, less absorbing and believable than her other books. Extremely clever wordplay crosses over the fine line into the realms of annoying puns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Donna | 1/8/2014

    " Carrie Fisher's crazy life growing up, one of many stories she has in book form. Not sure what is true and what is added in for fun, but quite an enjoyable read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kelly | 1/6/2014

    " this book should be called the worst awful. "

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