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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Well , ” she sighed , “ now you know how Scott felt . ” She stroked his hair . “ In the
morning we'll come up with another idea . Here . ” And she held out her arm . “ Fill
up my arm with your worries . Then you'll be able to sleep . ” He took hold of ...
She suspected that she herself felt things more deeply . She was more sincere
than writers who were more successful , that was why her book had failed to sell
more than a few dozen copies . Yet if she felt things so deeply , how could she ...
She felt a small , foolish smile form on her face . Too stricken by the sudden
attack , too skewered to respond . She turned away , but was aware of Jack
reaching for a magazine on the coffee table and thumbing through it . “ Is Jack
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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