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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Lucky for us . ” “ Your mother's been reading Pauline Kael again . ” “ I didn't learn
that from Pauline . ” “ Pauline Who ? ” asked Jane the late riser , wandering into
the kitchen in sunglasses and a Guatemalan hat because she felt like summer .
Pauline Kael . ” He swung his big head in derision . “ Wretched woman . ” These
were fighting words . Lew almost headed to the basement . Kenny sat in shock .
Dinah said , “ We'd better hold hands again . ” She took Jane's hand and Kenny's
... breast for five minutes . The bleeding stopped . She got up and put on the kettle
. The bleeding started . She lay on the sofa , staunching the blood with her face
cloth , and watched The Empire Strikes Back . Pauline Kael said it was the best ...
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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