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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Her butt had gone numb but she didn ' t move : her legs were too weak . She didn
' t have Scott ' s valiant desperation , or Hemingway ' s grace under pressure .
She didn ' t have Atwood ' s don ' t - fuck - with - me wit . She didn ' t have Richler
Then she looked around for the dishwasher , but Harriet didn ' t have a
dishwasher . “ But everybody ' s got a dishwasher , ” Leah said . “ We don ' t want
one . We don ' t need one . ” “ You mean Lew doesn ' t want one . It ' s Lew , isn ' t
She said she asked him if he ' d talked to us about it and he said , oh no , as if he
didn ' t want us to know . ” They stood looking at each other , dismayed and
unprepared . “ Doesn ' t he have any friends ? ” she asked . “ Doesn ' t anybody
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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