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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A door slammed , the taxi pulled away , and then Lew Gold was heading up the
steps and Kenny was heading down . His sister was on his heels . Their house
was two storeys high and made of yellow brick . The wood trim in the hallway was
Rod Steiger , she thought , as she came up the The same heft . The same
sardonic look he had in Dr. Zhivago . She said , “ Leah told us you were coming .
" They hugged each other as Jane opened the door ,. steps . Garbo Laughs 53.
... 131 pounds on his back like a voyageur , she thought , on a portage between
canal and home . “ I feel like a polio victim , " she rasped into his ear . “ Your legs
feel fine to me . ” At her house he sank backwards onto the steps and she slid off .
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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