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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Jane Austen was surrounded by hypochondriacs . She knew how people protect
themselves . ” “ I should have thought of that , ” said Harriet . That night , when
she lay down beside Lew and turned out the light , he said into the darkness , “ I ...
As if to accustom his appalled neighbors to the prospect , he spent hours outside
with his snow blower , ruining their peace of mind . She knew she ought to lie
down for a while , even if she couldn't sleep , but Bill Bender's kitchen light came
She was lying in the light of two candles and thinking of Fiona as a widow , her
mother as a widow , of herself as a widow of sorts , having buried , not a husband
, but the possibility of an affair with one . There must be a phrase for that , for ...
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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