Delusions of Grandma

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Simon & Schuster, 1994 - Fiction - 260 pages
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"Now that she's conquered rehab and romance, best-selling novelist Carrie Fisher boldly goes where no man has gone before: motherhood." "Hollywood screenwriter Cora Sharpe has taken to writing letters to the unborn child she's tentatively dubbed Esme - even though it sounds like a noise your nose makes. But then, Cora has what one of the endless intimates she thinks of as her Committee calls "a big loud life," and recent events have been no exception. Her confidant and writing partner, Bud, has been on a bipolar roller coaster. Her dear friend William, AIDS-ridden, has finally taken leave of his life, with the aplomb befitting "a suburban show business sultan." And in the vacuum that follows his departure, Cora's romance with quiet, gentle Ray has suddenly flickered and expired." "Then Cora finds out she's pregnant, and even the Committee can't steer her through this one. In a fight-or-flight confrontation with maturity, flight seems to have the upper hand. So when her mother, Viv, tries to rally support for her latest madcap scheme - to kidnap her Alzheimer's-stricken father from a nursing home and take him back to Whitewright, Texas, the place of his birth - Cora, for once, is game. With Bud in tow, she signs on for what turns out to be a cosmic (not to mention comic) exploration of the urges that drive us to feather our nests and fill them, to flee them and find our way home." "With singular deftness, Fisher captures the ambivalence and absurdity of modern maternity, in her wittiest and wisest novel to date."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - DarthDeverell - LibraryThing

Alternating between hauntingly introspective and hilariously irreverent, Carrie Fisher's Delusions of Grandma is about life, death, and the movie business. Semi-autobiographical in nature, Fisher ... Read full review

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Not her best, but carrie is always fun to read. Read full review


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Actress and writer Carrie Fisher was born in Burbank, California on October 21, 1956 to singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. She has appeared in numerous movies including Shampoo (1975), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), When Harry Met Sally (1989), Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001). She is best-known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Her first novel, Postcards from the Edge, was awarded the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. She has also written Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, and Wishful Drinking. She wrote the screenplay for the movie Postcards from the Edge.

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