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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Ice had been necessary . Later that night , while all the other guests were beside
the pool , she said to Lew , " I don't even like Leah . She's an awful person . ” “ But
you like Jack ? " “ Jack ? I like him even less . ” Her bewilderment touched him ...
All of This Would Seem to Have Significance Later Harriet would remember that
the fall of 1997 was drier than usual , and the weather prevailingly cool . The first
snow fell on October 22 , a layer of soft wet stuff that clung to everything and was
An hour later Jim Creak looked out his upstairs window and saw what no one
ever sees : a garden in the moment of blooming . Dinah Bloom , moving about in
the openness of her old shade garden . The oak tree had been hauled away and
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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