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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Lew was just a kid . A skinny twenty - year - old . He wasn ' t interested in Harriet
then . That came later . ” She took a strawberry and ate it slowly , not taking her
eyes off Dinah . “ He had to be convinced , you know . " " I don ' t know . Tell me .
that Lew isn ' t good enough for her . ” “ Why are you so interested in Lew ? ”
asked Jack . “ I ' m interested in both of them . They ' re my friends . ” “ Be
interested in me instead , ” said Jack . “ Okay . ” And she took one of the
strawberries and ...
Well , I ' m not interested in controlling anybody else . ” “ Obsessive , ” he said ,
and wrote it down on his chart . He left her and went to the other cubicle , where
he questioned the song detective . Harriet heard their voices , but the words were
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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