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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You have to hear his voice and see his face as he finally admits how torn up he
was about not having her . She was thinking about the disease of video love .
How it had changed her life , perhaps more than anything else ever had . The
Of course you ' re power - hungry . ” “ Harriet , did you hear that ? Did you hear
what she said ? ” The formidable aunt was outraged and amused , released ,
somehow , from 308.
I can ' t hear . ” In the kitchen , Lew slowly dried his hands . Then came to see
what the trouble was about . “ I ' m not allowed an opinion ? ” Dinah was saying
with plaintive good humor . “ I ' m not allowed to say he ' s just going through the ...
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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