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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Except for Bronson Avenue , ” she told Jack in her head , detecting its roar in the
distance . “ One of these nights , under cover of darkness , I ' m going to hijack
one of those contraptions — what are they called , those bulldozers ? Six lanes !
Then he bent his head and kissed her wrist . “ What are you doing ? ” “ You could
invite me in , you know , " he said , raising his head and looking at her . Her other
hand was still on the door handle , and some movie memory – the image of a ...
And she shook her head and turned , so that she was lying on her side , away
from him . He wrapped his arm around her and her shoulders began to shake .
Look at you , she said to herself with contempt , look at you trying to get sympathy
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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