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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A day later she called again and heard the same tepid answer . I guess so ? I
guess so ? And she felt everything that had ever been between them fall instantly
away . “ You want advice about Harriet ? ” Dinah asked gently the morning she ...
Her voice was rueful and only slightly amused . “ Where did you say he was ? ”
Jack asked her . “ Mexico , then Chile . Or maybe Chile , then Mexico . I can ' t
remember . He hasn ' t called . ” “ He ' s been away for a week and he hasn ' t
And as she walked through the dining room to join him in the kitchen , she called
out , “ So what is it ? Tell me . ” “ Kenny ' s new teacher called me . She tried
calling you first , but nobody answered . ” “ I must have been out buying food .
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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