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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But I can't say so or Lew's eyes will light up and he'll exclaim : Montreal . Cuba .
Brazil . One night earlier in the week , when they were lying in bed together , she
said , “ I am one - third my mother and two - thirds my father . One day out of three
He even begged his mother to let him bring the clothes in off the line at night .
After the war he found the darkness inadequate . But he fixed that . He took his
life at thirty - five . No - neck Vanessa filled the sudden silence . She was sitting ...
She's not an idiot , ” said his mother . “ She didn't like it . She's not an idiot for not
liking it , and you're not an idiot for liking it . “ Her nephew lives here , ” said Leah .
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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