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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He worked hard , but never talked about how hard he worked . “ It used to be , ”
he said , “ before everybody was in such a rush , that the first question people
would ask was Who are you ? Meaning are you Jewish , French , Italian , Puerto
Hard work to have to be so buoyant and apparently well balanced in her
widowhood . And hard work to be her niece . The day before , in preparation for
the visit , Harriet had hidden most of their movies in the basement : all of Cary
Don't take it so hard , for Pete's sake . ” “ Why not ? Why shouldn't I take it so hard
? ” “ Go to bed , Hattie . ” She went to bed . And there , thinking about the master
of switches and turns who couldn't make the switch to talkies , she recalled ...
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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