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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ishes of her beautiful , manicured hands . “ I drop these all over town to get rid of
the bad luck and I burn the paper the flowers come in . ” Her silver hair kept
falling out of the large clip she continually took out and put back in , pausing to
... after that she cut Kenny's hair , kneeling on the floor afterwards and sweeping it
into the dustpan , reminded of a previous time when Lew was the barber and said
afterwards in a soft moaning voice , “ Such beautiful hair , such beautiful hair .
Last night Lew and I were looking at Karsh's photographs . It reminded me that I
interviewed Celeste Holm years ago when she was at the Château for some
reason . I'd forgotten all about it . But she was beautiful . ” Harriet shifted in her
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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