Review From User :
There were definitely things i didn't like about this book. But I feel like, that is true of any book.
I really enjoyed the word play, it was so loving and smooth. I feel like maybe my massive love of puns made me well suited to enjoy this book.
In a lot of ways i spent a long time identifying pretty heavily with Cora, who loves puns, is very romantic and demanding in a sideways sort of a way, and feels like she pushes lovers away because she expects what she sees as common sense responses, but then fails to realise differences, and then spends ages obsessing over how those differences make her incompatible. Her learned pessimism really struck a chord with me. She talks about the endless optimism from others that made her respond with pessimism to balance out, which is defos something i do. She has a lot of very talented and successful friends, and seems to me to be very competent, which is pretty much like a super power.
I dunno. It's just real good.
I liked it a lot.
Maybe you wont.
Going to try to find some more Carrie Fisher books.
Omg edit tho: heaps of people have reviewed this book and specifically rated it low because they hate puns! Boooooo! Hisssss!
Gonna put this higher out of spite.
Category: General Fiction
Delusions of Grandma is a novel written by actress and author Carrie Fisher. Like most of Fisher’s books, this novel is semi-autobiographical and fictionalizes events seemingly from her real life.
The book is about Cora Sharpe, a Hollywood screenwriter who is eight-and-a-half months pregnant by her boyfriend, an attorney named Ray, a relationship that has gone wrong. Concerned that she will not survive labor, Cora begins to write long letters to her unborn child. As she writes, she begins to recall the events that led to her current situation.
Her relationship with Ray became more complicated by the arrival of his mother, who came to live with them to recuperate from breast surgery. Cora’s friend and co-writer, Bud, who has bipolar disorder, then moves in with them. When another friend, William, who is in the final stages of dying of AIDS, moves in, Ray decides that Cora’s efforts to care for William during his final days on earth signals that he, Ray, is not her top priority in life.
As things get out of control, Cora returns home to her mother, a retired musical comedy star, and Bud follows. There is an in-depth look at the heartfelt expectations of Cora’s zany mother, the show-bizzy grandma-to-be. Cora and Bud then join her mother in an inexplicable and madcap scheme to kidnap Cora’s grandfather, who is stricken with Alzheimer’s, from his nursing home and take him back to his hometown of Whitewright, Texas.
Fisher’s nonstop pithy dialogue and opinionated heroine make this a lively, witty read.