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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The dark , humid , relaxed air where they themselves had walked twelve years
before on the Malécon , the wide sidewalk that hugged the harbor with the ocean
on the left , Old Havana on the right , the colonial fort a large , dark bulk far ahead
The night before , he'd undressed next to the closet door and she was so drawn
to the shape and dusky color of his soft penis hanging down like a softly dark
thing , more greys , browns in its coloring , less red than usual , an old - leaf color
They set up their first VCR at the midway point of this long , dark passage . On the
other side of the VCR were the pigeons in the air shaft , and beyond the pigeons ,
five feet away , the peeling wall of an abandoned building . As luck would ...
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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