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A study of metropolitan mating manners by the author of "Postcards from the Edge". Dinah Kaufman is attracted to unsuitable men, including her ex-husband, a successful playwright with whom she continues to be obsessed. And she has a tendency to merge real life and the soap opera scripts she writes....

Title : Surrender the Pink
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ISBN : 9780671666408
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Surrender the Pink Reviews

  • Kasia
    2019-05-29 00:49

    I don't usually read books where the relationship between a man and a woman takes center stage, the horrors that imitate real life are draining and exhausting at times, only making me feel lucky that I don't have to deal with such things. Luckily this book was so much more than that, it was a lot of fun to read and the ending didn't suck, I loved it! After reading "Wishful Drinking" and "Postcards from the Edge" I was ready for one more Carrie Fisher book before I switched themes for a while, this is referred to as a romance but it's got plenty of comedy and non stop male-female conflicts that were anything but romantic.Dinah Kaufman is a young screenwriter who only wants what she can't have. When she's married to Rudy Gendler conflicts and lack of sweetness and proper communication take a toll on them until they break up. Once he's gone and in another woman's arms there's nothing sweeter to Dinah then the thought of them back together, she suffers from mood swings and unsatisfying flings then goes dry for so long that hunting her ex-husband down in the Hamptons where he's staying with his new blond girlfriend for the summer seems like a great idea. Her career is a success mostly because she's using her dysfunctional relationships as a guide for her fictional characters that reflect her soap opera like life. Dinah is an endearing person, her habit of buying band aids to cover her thumbs so she wont pick at her skin is real albeit whacky, the funny ways in which she tires to become more domesticated (cooking is not one of her virtues) and her search for happiness are all splendidly written and Fisher includes all of Dinah's brainstorming into the story giving her depth. I felt that Dinah sounded little older than her age (twenty eight) but perhaps going through the hellish relationships that she chose to pursue robbed her of her innocence and youthfulness. Once she makes up her mind and goes for the guy, unforeseen obstacles make her question her true heart's desire. The ending was a real surprise ( in a good way) which was nice for a change, lately any book I picked fell apart at the end, but this was solid.The book was easy to get through once I got used to the constant second guessing that Dinah was doing, I actually liked it best out of all of Carrie's books and the dialogue was priceless, I wanted to bookmark all the fun quotes but at the end there were too many, it's something I would love to read again in the future to make sure I get all of it absorbed because Carrie Fisher has a lot on her mind and writing seems to be a form of therapy for her, I hope she never stops.

  • Monica
    2019-06-02 21:36

    A friend actually recommended "Postcards from the Edge" but when I spotted "Surrender the Pink" sitting on the shelf at my local library, I decided to check it out first. In what is typical early '90's chick lit, "Surrender the Pink" follows soap opera writer, Dinah, as she addresses the various relationships with men in her life (her ex-husband, father, and earlier liaisons) with the possibility of self-discovery at the end (no spoilers here). Carrie Fisher is actually pretty hilarious and I thoroughly enjoyed the book until the main character turned into a blubbering mess. Sorry, I'm a fair-weather friend like that. Also, the ending fell flat for me. However, it is interesting to note that the story is supposedly based on her real life break-up with Paul Simon.

  • Diana Long
    2019-06-18 01:44

    204. This felt more like a play or screenplay and deals with relationships...when to let go for the most part. So much of what I know from her other works in relating to her own life comes through in her works and this is not exception. A sad reflection on the author but worth reading.

  • Andi
    2019-06-04 21:22

    Jeez. Carrie. What a mess of a book you made here.What I always enjoyed about Carrie's writing is how she makes her characters realistic with problems.The problem with this character is the relationship is a doomed one, and on top of that, the guy is using the girl as a bounce-and-fuck. I know she was married to him, but honey, no. Don't go chasing after that dick if it's plowing other holes.Anyway. I stopped when the main character drove out to the Hamptons to stalk him during a writers strike.Another uncomfortable thing about the book is that I felt a lot of Harrison/Carrie references. Things that clicked now after reading The Princess Diarist. Read it but it's not as interesting as Poscards from the Edge - even that's a stretch.

  • Ubalstecha
    2019-06-22 01:34

    Dinah Kaufman writes for a soap opera. Her scripts tend to be retellings of her love life, where she re-examines the conversations, events and fights that she has had with her lovers. Most significant among these is Rudy Gendler, noted playwright with whom Dinah had a lengthy relationship. (She calls him her ex-husband.)Dinah has dumped him, and thought she has moved on, but when she finds out that Rudy has found another to love, someone who is a complete opposite of her, she becomes obsessed with getting him back. What follows is a psychotic, narcissistic trip by Dinah to stalk Rudy and his new love in the Hamptons. She runs into Rudy's sister, hides in Rudy's boot closet to spy on them and contrives to run into them at fireworks display. All the while, Dinah compares herself to the new woman in Rudy's life, wondering where she went wrong.Author Fisher can be accused of drawing from her own life for these characters especially the absentee father of our main character, but there are some new creations here. Still the main character is definitely the neurotic creation similar to the main character in Postcards from the Edge. A nice fluffy diversion.

  • Emma Doherty
    2019-05-27 21:27

    Found the first third uproariously funny, however the tone is not enough to atone for the plot- which flips constantly between yawn-inducing and a string of increasingly embarrassing situations that make you squirm as a reader. It makes me feel mean saying this because the main character is based primarily on Carrie Fisher herself, whom I love, but god! Interior monologues are one thing, the rampant narcissism of a character like Dinah is entirely another.

  • Beau North
    2019-06-11 18:44

    A quick read, and judging by some of the other reviews, a highly underrated one. Don't go in this expecting a comfortable good time. Dinah is an obsessive, neurotic mess who is as needy as she is hilarious and brilliant. The soap opera and discovery channel-type interludes made me laugh and contextualized this already-biting story as a razor-sharp cautionary tale. Also, if you're a writer who struggles with dialogue, study Carrie Fisher as much as you can.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-26 02:42

    I read this in the 1990s or early 2000s and thought the dialogue about gender was fantastic and illuminating. After Fisher passed away in 2016, I re-read several of her novels and all of her memoirs (some for the first time). For some reason I didn't re-read PINK (which is largely about her marriage to Paul Simon, according to Fisher herself) until 2018, and I still very much enjoyed the clever wordplay. However, it's extremely trippy reading it now, post-Princess Diaries. Because her affair with Harrison Ford was hiding in plain sight in this book! In her brilliance, she kept it a secret by fictionalizing it in this early novel. But when you read the largely similar scene in Princess Diaries, this time it's not fictionalized. The telltale line for me was when both men (Henry in PINK and Harrison in PRINCESS, with the same age difference to our heroine) say she has "The eyes of a doe and the balls of a samurai."It added another layer of poignancy and sadness to this book, for me.

  • Syl
    2019-06-11 21:21

    I found it boring from the start. As far as I understand this book deals with a 20 something woman working in the TV industry who is bent upon forming relationships with unsuitable men, mostly father figures. After the relationship bursts, she is fond of contemplating what went wrong, before jumping into similar relationship. I couldnot focus my attention on the book, turning pages was becoming a task. Finally I left it somewhere around the 60th page. I was surprised to see many 4 and 5 star reviews, so maybe it is a good story which just didnot appeal to me.

  • Britt Lovelady
    2019-06-12 20:26

    I hate to be mean but this was the worst book I've ever read. The plot was dumb, the characters were dull and unlikeable, and the narrator often went off on a tangent that was difficult to understand. This was not the typical chick-lit that I was expecting and I don't mean that in a good way. I give it an F.

    2019-06-14 18:46

    Underrated as hell.

  • Maya B
    2019-06-10 20:49


  • Julie Bozza
    2019-05-24 21:29

    A terrific writer with a sharp clear gaze. There are some truths in here that are bloody painful, but there's some happy stuff, too, which feels just as genuine. ... I might try for something soothing next!

  • Debbie
    2019-06-24 21:51

    I give up !

  • Angela
    2019-05-25 21:36

    Re-reading this. Watch for character "Henry," probably Harrison, and "boy in film class" on pg 59 may be Mark, based on descriptions that Carrie later writes in "The Princess Diarist."

  • Meels
    2019-05-27 23:24

    I don't know what I was expecting exactly, some expose of life after Star Wars or something. I thought it would be fun to read a book by Princess Leia! I did realize when purchasing the book that is was not going to be what I thought, having found it in the fiction section at the book store along with there being several other books on the shelf by the same author. But, for $3 I thought I'd give it a go anyway. I know, I know, Postcards From the Edge... where have I been living, an Arctic weather outpost? Anyway, it wasn't a bad book, not really my genre, but it wasn't bad. I identified with the main character of Dinah more than was comfortable. Show me an unavailable man, be it physically, emotionally, matrimonially and I will more than likely be attracted to him! Also, the author's descriptive nature sometimes became tedious and I found myself skimming down the paragraph most of the time searching for the proverbial "light at the end of the tunnel" to use a disgusting cliche'. Her humor, which made me laugh out loud more than once, is what saved the book for me and brought it up to the three star mark.

  • Mel
    2019-06-06 02:36

    Going back and re-reading Carrie's books for the first time in a decade. It's now really hard to seperate the "novel" from the non-fiction. This one is a lot more straight story than Postcards, though it does have a few flashbacks. One of which is now OBVIOUSLY! Carrie sleeping with Harrison Ford!!!! Which led me to have many OMG moments and general extra hilarity. I mean Carrie was always open with the fact that this book was about her relationship with Paul Simon. (who unfortuantely comes off quite sexist reading it now). But the fact that she snuck in her affair with Harrison (aka Henry aka Henry Jones Junior) many, many years before Princess Diarist is fantastic in a way only Carrie Fisher could manage to pull off! Also she had reference to Pam and Roy, which was interesting as she hadn't actually figured out Pam and Roy when she was dating Paul Simon, plus she used a lot of drugs when they were together and Dinah didn't. So it was definitely more novel than non-fiction. But it was still a very good insight into how dating Carrie Fisher worked, or didn't work. Definitely one I'd recommend.

  • Karis
    2019-05-28 23:49

    Let me be clear, I did not choose to read this book from the title (rather horrible title IMO). I did read Postcards from the Edge which was rather good. So I felt encouraged to buy Ms Fisher's book (also it was 20 cents).It's also important to state that this book was published in 1990, so the topic(s) of gender politics, and discussions of is it a man's world etc seemed a tad dated.Some interesting, albeit not new ideas, on why we choose to love who we love are explored (hint, it's something to do with our parents).The main character is smart, quick witted and easy to emphathise with. But the best thing I liked about Ms Fisher's writing is the dialogue. It is punchy, funny and great banter between characters. The books back blurb has a quote from Douglas Adams in which he says "On the day I read the book I kept on calling people up and reading bits of it." So while reading the book, I wondered did he read this bit out loud? Then imagined myself calling up people and reading them paragraphs over the phone, and would said people think I was a nutbag for doing so.

  • Sarah Sammis
    2019-05-28 02:32

    Surrender the Pink was as enjoyable a read as Postcards from the Edge. Fisher does a good job of letting her characters age and mature although all of them remain somewhat troubled. I found Surrender the Pink an intriguing follow up to Bachelor Girl, a cultural history of the single working woman. Dinah, the protagonist, is a classic example of the conflicted single gal. She loves her job, likes sleeping alone and yet wants to married and maybe have a baby. She toys with trying to get back together with an ex but ultimately comes to her senses. The book, save for the tacked on epilogue, ends with Dinah deciding to stay single. The epilogue choses to save her from spinsterhood, although I'm not sure I like her choice of man. With the epilogue in place, I am reminded of the film Something's Got to Give and I'm thinking of the daughter in the film as being akin to Dinah.

  • Elisabeth
    2019-06-07 19:50

    The book's not bad, I mean its Carrie Fisher, so part of me is always gonna love it, but this book wasn't really about her. It sorta was, but only about the part of her that loved Paul Simon which means the book was about something that went nowhere and thats not very satifying.I felt she did the opposite of what male writers do when they write a book about their doomed love of a woman. Shes perfect untill shes not and then its her fault. In this book Rudy was perfect but because Dinah wasnt it could never work out. She ended it on a positive note, but we definitely saw way more of Roy then of Pam in this book.

  • Mike
    2019-06-09 20:50

    A "3.5" more than a mere "3" I say.I read this book after "Postcards From the Edge" and did not like it quite as much (hence my lower rating.) Perhaps it was the material, but I suspect it was also the comparison with my enjoyment and fondness for the prior book. I can't say for certain without re-reading it.What I can say is that the book has merit: it is funny and sarcastic, well-written, and takes aim at life and how we live it. Always a good choice. If you want something that isn't too "heavy" but will keep you reading, this is a pretty good option.

  • Lisa
    2019-06-04 01:22

    It's like going to the store and buying your third favorite candy. It will still do in a pinch but doesn't have the same satisfaction as the thing you were really thinking of eating. Then the guilt of eating something with all these calories that only sort of left you satisfied. It is an easy read. The snappy dialogue doesn't seem like it is very natural. The narrator speaking doesn't match the main character in description. Is she really so world-weary in her 30s? I am thinking another Carrie Fisher book might have been more interesting to read.

  • Llima
    2019-06-11 02:26

    I don't get it. I loved Carrie Fisher's one woman show and I think she's brilliant. But I just could not get into this book. I kept saying, "Maybe the next chapter will make it better," but it never did. Most of the time I wanted to slap Dinah for being such a melodramatic brat. I just could not relate to her. I have another book of Fisher's at home and I'm seriously debating if I want to read it.

  • hrh
    2019-06-24 22:34

    This book fictionally deals with Fisher's on again/off again romance with the singer Paul Simon. The woman has a way with words. Very clever most of the time. Does get a bit too navel-gazing and a little too contemplative at times. But a genuinely unique and imaginative voice. Content Warning for those who like to monitor their reading intake: I'd give it a strong PG-13 to R rating, so proceed at your own risk ...

  • Meredith
    2019-06-12 01:33

    Coming on the heels of The Museum of Innocence, I found Surrender the Pink a bit hard to take. Carrie Fisher is a better than average wordsmith and the book is full of clever wordplays, but I found Dinah to be every bit as self-absorbed and uninteresting as the protagonist of the Pamuk opus. Just a different sex, and did not take herself quite so seriously. Hence, 2 stars, instead of the 1 star that I gave to Pamuk.

  • Aurelie
    2019-05-27 20:32

    This book is so 90's, all I could hear while reading it was the saxophone playing (especially during those numerous sex scenes). It kind of felt like a Harlequin book, and that wasn't what I wanted to read at all. Actually, I first thought it was Carrie Fisher's autobiography, except obviously it wasn't. Next time I'll check twice the title at the library (damn you translated titles! In french this book is called "Hollywood Lovers")

  • Leah
    2019-06-17 01:22

    This is my second read of this book, this time for book club. i must confess that overall i was not as taken with the story as i was the first time i read it, i found myself getting impatient with Dinah and not caring as much as i used to about how she would resolve all the issues in her love life. Fisher's writing still makes me laugh out loud so i'll keep my rating at 4 stars. my favourite part remains when Dinah hides in Rudy's closet - so delightfully awkward.

  • Jenny
    2019-06-21 18:31

    This was actually more of an "anti-romance" novel following Dinah Kaufman and her doomed relationship with Rudy Gendler. It was a lot of pages exploring the thoughts of Dinah's lovelife. At times the writing also captured Carrie Fisher's mood swings and tangential thoughts. I struggled to get through this book- not sure if I wasn't in the mood or didn't like the main character.

  • Betty
    2019-05-27 01:34

    A tiny bit scattered and rambling at points, but on the whole, this was sharp, funny, and thoughtful. Worth reading for a good sense of Fisher's ability to use her own experiences to create original, lively characters (while also meta-commenting on her own tendency to use her real life for her fiction). Also worth reading for the fun of guessing which parts are most inspired by Paul Simon.

  • Ariel
    2019-06-14 00:40

    Sí, sé que se escribió a inicios de los noventa, pero me pareció excesivo que una mujer tan exitosa como lo era la protagonista se sintiera incompleta durante todo el libro solamente porque no estaba con un hombre; su obsesión por su ex-esposo me pareció demasiado retrógrada... en fin.