This is a quixotic tale about movie love. Harriet Browning is 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 son who loves Frank Sinatra, a daughter with Bette Davis eyes, and an earthy sidekick named after Dinah Shore. Breaking in upon this quiet backwater 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? In this brilliant, sad-eyed comedy of secondhand desire, movies and movie lovers come first.
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What have I got ? I've gotta get out of here . She unfolded her arms . She looked
past Pencil Voice to Vanessa , and cleared her throat . She said , “ Pauline Kael
says that Warren Beatty is Warren Beatty , but Cary Grant wants to be Cary Grant
Did you know , opening her notebook and writing to Pauline , that Cary Grant ate
sandwiches of thinly sliced turkey breast on thinly sliced bread ? A most sparing
lunch . Strange she went on - how puffy his face became in old age , reverting to
What about Sean Connery or Cary Grant ? ” “ Cary Grant . ' “ All right ! Who do
you think was betterlooking ? Peter O'Toole or Cary Grant ? ” “ Which period ?
Which film ? ” “ Peter O'Toole in How to Steal a Million and Cary Grant in My Girl ...
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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