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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Harriet had been reading to Kenny and the words come back to her at three in
the morning . Timid Mole and Imperious Ratty . She thinks of Frank Sinatra and
Marlon Brando in Guys and Dolls . She thinks of commanding figures and weak ...
Harriet leaves the sofa by now it's one in the morning — drawn irresistibly to the
VCR . In a moment Darcy's eyes are spilling their bountiful love for Lizzy's
bountiful breasts . She watches him walk with his two greyhounds through the
halls of ...
Harriet located another pillow , and the next morning she found it on the floor ,
where she would find it every morning . Before dawn , Harriet stole downstairs
like a Huron avoiding the Iroquois and turned on the gas under the espresso pot
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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