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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through his mind ? When he seems cheerful , have you asked him if he really is ?
" Harriet felt suddenly foolish . But she defended herself . “ When I do he's
evasive . That's what gets me . He doesn't react . Now Pauline Kael , there's
I haven't made up my mind yet . ” “ The weather might make up your mind for you
, ” said Dinah . There was an awkward silence . Harriet , in her discomfort , felt the
tug of loyalty and the pall of disappointment . She had hoped , somehow , that ...
Where were you last night ? ” Leah demanded when he came through the door . “
I called you twice . ” But he didn't satisfy her curiosity , and Leah said , “ Never
mind . I got through to Janice . That's where you'll find me as of tomorrow night .
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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