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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Dinah Harriet was an asker , and always had been . An inquisitive , reckless ,
fundamentally timid woman given to strange blurtings that got her into trouble .
There were people who no longer spoke to her . Dinah Bloom was not among
To Dinah , Harriet said , “ He's too good . Do you know what it's like to be married
to a good man ? Awful . ” They were in Dinah's kitchen this time , Harriet having
discovered that Dinah never locked her back door and never seemed to mind a ...
That's the trouble with jokes , ” commiserated Harriet . The Asian woman who
wrote in pencil read so softly that no one could hear her . Pencil Voice , thought
Harriet . “ May I read it for you ? ” she asked . But the writing was too faint to
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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