The victim of a painful past and a fatherless childhood, Dinah Kaufman is searching for love that will last - or at least, a reasonable facsimile that comes with a warranty. She nearly found it in her marriage to hugely successful playwright Rudy Gendler. But when she fights to hold on to that now-extinct romance - or at least prevent Rudy from falling for someone new - Dinah finds herself in a variety of wild situations. She also discovers some hard-learned truths as she seeks to bridge the eternal chasm between men and women. Actress Carrie Fisher (the Star Wars trilogy, When Harry Met Sally) reads this follow-up to Postcards from the Edge, her stunning literary debut.More
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Light-hearted But Heartfelt Relationship Drama
Yes, the author is in perfect form (and youthful voice) for this recording; it's like spending an evening or two listening to her character Marie from "When Harry Met Sally" regale you with her Bad Relationship stories.
Definitely the scene in which Dinah can't help going over to Rudy's house after finding out he has a new girlfriend. I found myself yelling in my car: "No! DON'T DO IT!!" as she went into his yard...then onto his porch...then tried the back door...then, finding the door unlocked, WALKED INTO HIS HOUSE...only to have her worst fears realized when he and his girlfriend return home while she is still inside the house!!!
Dinah, of course, but also her best friend Connie, who sounded just like Marie from When Harry Met Sally!
I laughed out loud many, many times! Am still laughing at Dinah's new would-be boyfriend Roy saying "I'm going to cry...I'm going to cry like Nixon!"
The book also made me envious of Carrie's ability to take personal romantic tragedy (her breakup with on-again, off-again, on-again lover, husband and love of her life Paul Simon, thinly disguised here as famous playwright Rudy Gendler) and turn it into artistic triumph. Carrie, as always, inspires me to write!
I found Carrie's father's relationship advice (look for safe; look for happy; stop looking for passion; look at me--I ended up alone) unexpectedly moving. Was Eddie Fisher ever really so introspective and wise?
Who will not like this book: Most men; people who dislike analyzing relationships; people who need mystery or suspense to keep them engaged in a book.
Who will maybe LOVE this book: Carrie Fisher fans; women interested in exploring the male-female dynamic; anyone who has been disappointed in relationships and is interested in exploring the reasons why relationships fail and what makes us unwilling to let go of a lost love.
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- Gretchen SLP "Avid listener on my daily commute!"
She never fails to make me laugh out loud!