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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She embraced her aunt , took her coat , helped her with her boots , led her by the
arm into the kitchen . She hid her true feelings under an excess of cordiality ,
managing to convince even herself that she liked Leah far more than she did .
Harriet had lasted only the one summer working for Leah , that summer she was
nineteen and chopped onions and made beds under her aunt ' s flattering ,
tyrannical eye . Leah went through as many servants as Harriet ' s father went
You ' re my aunt , ” she said . But Leah didn ' t need to be reminded of that . “
Then you should treat me better . " Leah picked up her coffee spoon , dislodging
Harriet ' s hand , and said , “ I worshiped the ground my aunt walked on , and she
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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