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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Hence the baking soda at the ready beside the stove . In the morning he would
ask her if she'd been able to sleep . “ I barely slept at all , ” she would say . “ I feel
terrible . ” Or , “ I woke early , but I don't feel too bad . No doubt I'll feel terrible ...
I feel like a polio victim , ” she rasped into his ear . “ Your legs feel fine to me . ” At
her house he sank backwards onto the steps and she slid off . He disentangled
his arms , then helped her stand up and that was when they stumbled . His knees
She had done what so many women do to make themselves feel better . Now she
felt the way so many women feel afterwards . Uncertain , and poorer . That week ,
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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