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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Cuban cosmetics , she thought . Only Lew would bring me Cuban cosmetics .
The fern was raspy between her raspy fingers and between husband and wife
the atmosphere was also raspy . A sudden coldness that made her heart cold .
I saw the show and it broke my heart . ” “ The show ? ” “ Man of La Mancha . " “
Why ? ” she asked . “ Why did it break your heart ? " “ Watching him go mad .
Watching him pursue a love that was completely unattainable that broke my heart
Yeah , ” he said in quiet agreement a few inches from her ear , and her heart
contracted . Then , after a moment , he added , “ Well , that's not so bad . I've done
the same thing . " And her heart eased . “ Especially at night , ” he said , “ I get ...
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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