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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Yanked open the freezer - compartment door . Refilled her glass once again .
Then went to the window and stared out at the ghastly night . Nothing was visible
through the dark kitchen window , but you could hear the rain , like spittle , falling
As she was about to step out the door , she turned around for a last look and
found herself held by the dark , still interior . The quietness drew her back inside
and back in time to the blessed , creative , early - morning hours in university
Her other hand was still on the door handle , and some movie memory – the
image of a woman ' s hand hovering around the handle of a pickup door —
pressed in as she turned away . But he tugged her back , and she remembered a
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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