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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Everything is going to be all right . ” Even though it was dark , she saw him relax .
His body eased a little as he lay there . That much she could make out . But what
does it mean , she wondered , everything is going to be all right ? And why does
But certainly she was tired of doing everything by herself . I would seriously get
married now , came the recurring thought , just for the relief of not doing it all on
my own . There was the faint clatter of glass beads as more ice fell . Then quiet .
Everything floated around , in the room and in their minds , and everything
aroused them . It made her wonder about the aphrodisiac effect of death , and of
sorrowful third parties . Dinah , on her pillows , picked up her book and tried to
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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