Monday, October 19, 2009

What We’re Reading: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

After writing four novels, including Postcards From The Edge, the thinly fictionalized account of her life and relationship with her mother Debbie Reynolds, Fisher has written a memoir. As a general rule, it is usually safe to assume that the fictionalized account of a life will be the more colorful, but with Fisher, while Postcards From The Edge is definitely color, Wishful Drinking, her own account of her life is a full-blown, over-saturated Technicolor extravaganza!

While the account jumps around, it covers everything from her birth, her parents’ tumultuous relationships (with each other and their other partners/spouses), growing up as the child of a star, her own bouts with stardom (and a relationship with George Lucas that, according to Fisher, requires her to send him money each and every time she looks in a mirror), her own two marriages, her rounds of addiction and recovery, her use of “electro-convulsive therapy” and the birth of her daughter. All of which are described in almost uncomfortable detail (Fisher states that, by the end of the book, you’ll feel so close, you’ll want to divorce her, but you will get no alimony!).

All of this is told in Fisher’s strong, fearless, but biting, voice. The book isn’t really a tell all, but also doesn’t pull any punches. And while Fisher readily admits that she has had a privileged life, she has also had some real difficulties (and the sources of some of those difficulties have been that privileged life). These two extremes seem to balance each other out, allowing for her to make real and honest insights and observations, all of which are funnier than expected when described by Fisher.

Fisher says that you are only as sick as your secrets and, that if that’s true, she is really, really healthy!! It’s only funny because it’s true!

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