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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In the first week of December , when Dinah wasn't answering the phone or
returning calls , something she did periodically , Kenny had the idea to invite Jack
Frame to the Friday - night movie club . They had dubbed their club the Fern , 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
It was Kenny who suggested they watch a movie , and Jack Frame who said it
would have to be something that everybody would want to see , and Leah who
interjected , “ Not Charlie Chaplin then . Harriet hates Charlie Chaplin . ” Kenny ...
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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