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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One manicured hand slapped the table , the other flew to her face , which for all
its years of hard living was still extremely pretty . “ Excuse me , ” she sputtered ,
pushing back her silver hair . It was early evening and still light , but they were the
I'm the father of two boys . Men . ” He spread his hands beside his plate . “ What
else do you wish ? ” Harriet had addressed the table at large , and these were the
answers that came back . Jane said she wished she was living in New York City ...
Harriet told me she met Lew when she was living in your house in Italy . " Leah
cocked her head a little , and eyed Dinah . “ Lew was just a kid . A skinny twenty -
year - old . He wasn't interested in Harriet then . That came later . ” She took a ...
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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