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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I hate to say this , ” Dinah said to Kenny and Jane , “ but somebody in this room is
talking too much . ” “ Yeah , ” said Kenny . “ Yeah , ” said Jane . Lew spoke to the
newspaper : “ I don ' t believe that for a minute . ” Then he tossed it aside .
Guessing correctly that Jack was a Crime and Punishment man . She was at
home when Jane got back from school . Jane told her that her French teacher
hadn ' t bothered to teach today . She showed a video instead . Gandhi . “ In
Kenny ' s Laughter When Harriet told Kenny and Jane about the tumor in Dinah '
s lung , she explained that Dinah ' s mother was living with her now , and Jack
Frame visited all the time , with flowers . It was dinnertime . They were at the table
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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