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 wasn ' t my fault , thought Harriet , that Leah climbed into bed with me . But it
was her fault that she had written about it . You betrayed me , Leah said on the
phone after the book came out . I trusted you and you betrayed me . You don ' t ...
who took them into her wide embrace , the three of them on the sofa and Leah
displaced , Leah sidelined to the black rocker where she pointedly ignored Dinah
' s greeting — from that moment they had no time for each other . " How long are ...
Leah , ” she said . “ Why this charade about Pauline Kael ? Let ' s stop needling
each other . Let ' s stop . ” She reached across and put her hand on Leah ' s . “
You ' re my aunt , ” she said . But Leah didn ' t need to be reminded of that .
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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