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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... Don't worry , just write it off as an incomplete forward pass . ' What a fabulous
script . And what about Damage by Louis Malle ? That's a movie I've watched four
times . Tell me why . ” Now Jack gave her his full , smart , easygoing attention .
This stuff from Cuba that Lew gave me . Something Hydrating Cream . It's
supposed to protect your skin from external aggressions like wind , sun , and the
U.S.A. ” “ Will you do it ? " “ Of course , ” said Harriet . Kenny called to his mom as
Like a stone - and - brick chateau , but simpler . The perfect spot for her , I thought
. She lived on the fifth floor . ” “ Is that all ? ” asked Jane . “ That's all . Except that
before she went into her building , she took off her hat and gave it a good shake ...
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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