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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They found him where Artie had left him , curled up between the floor of the
cupboard and the first shelf , patiently waiting “ Can't you sleep ? " she asked
Kenny . He shook his head . “ Something's worrying you . " And then it came out
that his ...
30 The Sleep Clinic Harriet sat in her long gray nightie with thick socks on her
feet , while a young man named Danilo attached fifteen electrodes to her
forehead , around her chin , under her eyes , behind her ears , on the back of her
head , on ...
The next morning , at six , Harriet was wrenched out of a deep sleep by Danilo
opening the door and saying it was time to get up . She woke up in earnest when
he began to tear the tape off her face – neck – shoulders . Ow , ow , ow . Ouch !
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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