Since her introduction in Postcards from the Edge, actress Suzanne Vale got married to Leyland and had a daughter named Honey. Life was perfect for a few years, until her husband discovered he was gay. Four years after the fact, Suzanne struggles to maintain control of her universe. She’s still sober and being treated for bipolar disorder. Thoughts of Leyland’s rejection have kept her from moving forward.
Suzanne makes a snap decision to get back in the sexual swing of things. She also opts to go off her medication, leading to an incredible bout of mania and subsequent depression. Readers are taken along for the entire wild ride in The Best Awful.
Author Carrie Fisher doesn’t sugar coat a single moment while chronicling Suzanne’s rise and fall. The heroine’s wit, evident throughout Postcards from the Edge, is strong in this installment as well. The Best Awful is more serious, however. Honey’s existence forces Suzanne to examine her actions and pick up the pieces within the confines of a mental hospital. Fisher’s honest description of life inside the walls gives this novel a deeper tone than its predecessor. A touching ending adds balance in this successful sequel.