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 don't know . Tell me . ” “ It's all right if you're a grateful person , but I'm not . So I
look for faults . I find things wrong with him . I blame him for not arousing enough
love in me to make up for all my bad qualities . It would be a relief to be with ...
Look , ” said Harriet . “ Every time you write something you do the best you can .
You make mistakes . You wish you'd done some things better , other things
differently . You learn , or you don't learn . And you go on . You want to get better
at it .
Everybody should do that . " 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
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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