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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It's the same plaid as Lew's father's dressing gown . He says he sits in that chair
and it's like sitting in his daddy's lap . ” “ You need a solid color . ” “ I need a good
haircut . ” “ One thing I have , everybody tells me , is good taste . ” Leah studied ...
She began to ask another question , uncomfortably aware that this sort of
intrusive persistence was exactly what the teacher had warned them against , but
he interrupted her . “ It's over , ” he said . “ I don't want to talk about it any more .
Jane said , “ Do you think it's fair that the extremely rich use their talents on the
stock market and make loads of money ? Is that fair ? ” “ It's fair , but it's not equal .
" “ I think it's disgusting greed . You're a disgusting capitalist , ” she said to her ...
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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