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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What a scene of affection . He looked so tanned and lighthearted , so eager and
beloved and beaming , that Harriet , standing in the living - room doorway ,
couldn't resist . She said , “ Something unpleasant happened while you were
It was an old railway hotel , the main lobby not so different from the day when her
mother brought her here for tea on her thirteenth birthday , though much else was
gone : the old registration counter of black marble and brass , the barbershop ...
Dinah was home again , and Ida had returned to look after her . The prognosis
was good , and they thought the worst was over . In the middle of March Lew
went away for two weeks , to Mexico and Chile , and while he was gone 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