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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... narrow passageway between verandah and wooden fence , got herself past
the car parked in the driveway and around to the front . She came in the front
door , removed her slippers , tiptoed upstairs and pulled the blankets over her
The Comedy Class “ It ' s not that I ' m funny , ” said Professor Harriet , standing at
the front of her Monday - night class . She was wearing the long black sweater ,
shapeless and already streaked with chalk , that was passed on by a late cousin
She checked the name at the front . “ Diana Mills . Is she still alive ? ” " Her son is
. ” “ What happened to him ? ” He was watching her intently , and then he smiled ,
and she realized that he was the son . Jack . And Diana Mills , “ a screenwriter ...
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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