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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One of these nights , under cover of darkness , I ' m going to hijack one of those
contraptions – what are they called , those bulldozers ? Six lanes ! Six . I ' m
going to plough a trench from Dow ' s Lake to Fulton Avenue . I ' m going to flood
Snowing again , I ' m afraid . ” He turned to the window for a second , like Scott of
the Antarctic opening the tent flaps on a blizzard : utter disgust and self - pity . “
How in blazes am I going to get home ? ” “ Weather changes fast , ” she said .
I have a colleague who ' s going out of town for a few weeks , ” he said . “ I ' ll see
if she ' d mind a guest while she ' s gone . ” “ Or Jack , ” said Dinah , also coming
to the rescue . “ Would he have room for you for a bit ? ” “ Why not Janice ?
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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