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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They were talking about names now , having their conversation about Garbo and
eyelashes . Jane hadn ' t spoken , but not because she wasn ' t listening . “ Who '
s Greta Garbo ? ” she asked . “ You know Frank Sinatra but you don ' t know ...
Dinah ' s eyes followed Lew as he headed to the phone in his study . “ Ninotchka
, ” said Harriet . And Dinah returned to the interesting unreality of Harriet ' s mind .
“ When Garbo laughed , ” she said thoughtfully . “ Except no sound came out .
about Garbo , and by some strange coincidence it involved a shawl . Harriet had
set the book to one side , thinking , later . A Spanish Shawl for Miss Garbo the
story was called , and it was written in 1938 by one of The New Yorker ' s
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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