From the award-winning author of A Student of Weather, a funny, sad-eyed novel about a woman caught between real love and movie love--and real love doesn't stand a chance. This is a novel about movie love. Set in Ottawa in the 1990s, it is the quixotic tale of tall, thin Harriet Browning, inflamed by the movies she was deprived of as a child. Bent on seeing everything she has missed, she rapidly becomes so saturated with old movies, seen repeatedly and swallowed whole, that she no longer fits into this world. Equally addicted are her three companions- of-the-screen: a boy who loves Frank Sinatra, a girl with Bette Davis eyes, and an earthy sidekick named after Dinah Shore. Breaking in upon this quiet backwater, in time with the devastating ice storm of 1998, come two refugees from Hollywood, the jaded widow of a famous screenwriter and her movie-expert stepson. They are Harsh Reality. With them come blackouts, arguments, accidents, illness, and sudden death. But what chance does real life stand when we can watch movies instead? What hope does real love have when movie love, in all its brief intensity, is an easy option? In this brilliant and poignant comedy of secondhand desire, m
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17 All of this would seem to Have Significance Later Harriet would remember that
the fall of 1997 was drier than usual , and the weather prevailingly cool . The first
snow fell on October 22 , a layer of soft wet stuff that clung to everything and ...
That fall she slept very little , usually waking at three , worried that she couldn't
remember words . It took her hours one night to remember the word waffle ; only
tortilla would come to mind . When the teachers went on strike for two weeks , it ...
have gone in that direction - towards the spirit - instead of falling into the wispy
arms of cinematic flesh . Did you ... You let the two halves of his personality fall on
the table like a pair of gloves , to use someone else's excellent phrase . North of ...
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Elizabeth Hay introduces her novel with an epigraph from legendary film critic, Pauline Kael: “We will never know the extent of the damage that movies are doing to us.” That brilliantly sets the ... Read full review
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Not about Garbo, but vintage b&w films play a part. Hay always delivers a good story filled with human insights and poignancy Read full review