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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Dinah could have answered , since she knew the answer . If she was going to be
involved with the wrong man , then let him not be too earnestly in love . She said ,
“ They've scheduled my chemo . It's going to start the week after next . ” “ That's ...
They fed him lunch , and kept him busy talking and eating . It was hard work
being liked so much . After lunch Dinah needed to rest , so he watched TV with
Ida , and every so often he phoned home , but there wasn't any answer . Later ,
Why don't you ask me something I can answer ? ” “ All right . Who would you
rather have dinner with , Kevin Costner or Tim Robbins ? " She thought for a
second . “ How about Kevin Kline or Sean Connery ? ” “ Okay . Who would you
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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