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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I think Leah couldn't believe how lucky she was to have landed him . But then he
got sick and she ended up being a full - time nurse , which is what happens if you
marry a guy more than twenty years older than you are . Don't ever do that ...
He'd avoided her avoided them all — the whole night , fussing with the fire ,
retiring to the kitchen to do the dishes . “ How do you know ? ” she said . “ Anyway
, it's not just that . ” “ What else ? ” She couldn't find the words to say what else .
And there , thinking about the master of switches and turns who couldn't make the
switch to talkies , she recalled reading something in the paper years ago ,
something that held her , something she'd never forgotten : an actress who
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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