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're adequate , but your kids are great . " Her face takes on a wistful look . “
The first time I met Kenny and he said he loved Frank Sinatra , I thought , This is
bliss . Where does he come from ? And I wanted to see him grow up . I wanted to
Harriet went upstairs to listen to Lew read Frank McCourt aloud to the kids . First ,
his “ On the Town ” piece about his landlady named Klein , who wasn't Jewish ,
and then another chapter of Angela's Ashes . She sat on the hallway floor , her ...
A group of kids were out sliding on the small hummock of a hill between Downing
Street and Colonel By . She heard cries of delight , and every so often the sound
of ice in the trees , like unearthly wind chimes , different from any she had ever ...
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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