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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expressionless eyes . “ Last night you and Dinah were watching movies again . ”
She looked at him . This was Ray's style . He watched you and told you what he
saw , not because he was curious but because he wanted you to know that ...
Her skin . Her eyes . Her mouth . Of course , it could be makeup . It's hard to tell if
somebody's beautiful when they've got makeup on . ” Dinah agreed with Jane . “
She's marvellous . Look at her stride across a room . Nobody else was like her .
There's a man here whose eyes are hurting me . Throw him out . He had the
fiercest eyes . “ What happened to her ? ” she asked suddenly of the screenwriter
who inherited the album and pasted in the pictures of the movie stars . She
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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