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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She had the fern in her lap . Lew was telling her where it came from . A fern
museum , he said , outside Santiago de Cuba , a small estate once owned by a
fern enthusiast who , upon finding himself too old to look after it , had left it to the
He divided his time between the fern museum and the Cuban circus , travelling
the world ; he had even been to Toronto , he knew all about the city . What does
he do ? she asked , and Lew racked his brain for the word . “ Master of
It used to be called the Fern . ” “ That's odd , ” Harriet says thoughtfully . “ I'm not
used to things leading somewhere . ” And she goes upstairs to get the spear - tip
fern for Dinah . At her desk , struck once again by how beautiful it is , she stands ...
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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