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Carrie Fisher, who was Princess Leia in the first Star Wars trilogy, is the author of "The Best Awful". Although it is a novel, Fisher draws heavily on her own history of bipolar disorder and drug addiction, as well as her intimate knowledge of Hollywood. The novel starts off with the main character, Fisher's alter ego, being upset over her status as a "fag widow". (Her husband left her for another man). This unhappiness leads to her failure to take her bipolar medication. She ends up in a mental institution temporarily. The subject matter is grim, but Fisher has a sense of humour, which saves the novel from being totally depressing.
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The review of this Book prepared by Susanna Marlowe

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   husband/boyfriend/squeeze Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   actor/actress/producer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   two guys doing it Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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