Picks and Pans Review: Postcards from the Edge

updated 08/17/1987 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/17/1987 01:00AM

by Carrie Fisher

Princess Leia has written a novel, an uneven, episodic book that begins in a drug rehab hospital. Suzanne, a film actress, has wound up there after years of drug abuse. Despite the sordid scene and a four-letter-word way of communicating, Suzanne is so perky she may make some readers think of characters Fisher's mother (Debbie Reynolds) used to play in movies. Passages about Alex, an unpleasant cocaine addict, are boringly predictable. Once out of the clinic, Suzanne has a perfunctory sort of affair with a producer. The book gets better after Suzanne goes to work on a movie. The way the film's director, producers and actors work to destroy Suzanne's self-confidence seems both authentic and darkly comic. Ultimately, Suzanne falls in love with a calm novelist. That turn of events is not to be believed, but it's a relief after all the trendy, trash stuff that's gone before. Though Fisher occasionally strains after a truthful observation, the closest she gets is "Suzanne wondered when she had begun to be more of a personality than a person." The title may be intended to suggest that the annoying, fragmentary style is intentional. More accurate would be A Minor Celebrity's Disjointed Musings on How a Hollywood Brat Tries To Make Sense of Her Chaotic Life by Writing It All Down in Fictional Form. (Simon and Schuster, $15.95)

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