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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... from the Galloping Gourmet , whom she interviewed at home one morning
years ago he came downstairs at nine , lit a cigarette , then made himself a cup of
instant coffee but from her Italian teacher , who paced the classroom in red
Dominion ! ” thundered Bill Bender . “ A car - free Dominion . " They reached their
street and she invited him in for coffee , enticing him with the prospect of seeing
the Cuban fern . “ And Dinah 99.
Leah picked up her coffee spoon , dislodging Harriet's hand , and said , “ I
worshiped the ground my aunt walked on , and she worshiped me . She took me
into her home . She opened up her arms to me . ” So this was at the bottom of it
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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