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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I know someone who met him when he was young , at a party for Harry Belafonte
, and he had a fat bottom even then . This woman , the mother of a friend of mine ,
decided that the real Brando was her husband . Her husband was actually ...
She could love someone who wasn't looking at her , didn't know her , hadn't been
shaped by her , but not someone whose face had been blurred and
compromised by dealing with her . Jim Creak was outside with his shovel , in shirt
- sleeves ...
I need someone like that . Someone aggressive . Besides , he's terrific at
crossword puzzles . ” “ I'm not saying he's not aggressive . ” Harriet wasn't about
to be drawn out of her pensiveness . “ Has he told you about his mother ? ” “
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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