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's not coming to visit , ” he said as he read it , “ she's coming to stay . " Harriet
sank to the floor . Lew looked down at his wife . “ So is Jack . ” " Jack ? ” “ Jack's
coming first . Any time now . ” Perusing the letter . “ Leah's not coming till January
She's coming , but not till January , like she said . She just wanted to complain
about not hearing from us . ” “ What did she say she's doing ? What is her life like
? ” Harriet could ask now that the immediate danger had passed . She was very ...
I saw Lew outside , ” Dinah said . “ I'm coming along for dinner . ” “ That's nice , ”
said Leah , her tone 355.
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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