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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Dinah loved him . She had moved onto the street because he was here , and still
checked her facts with him . The name of the Catholic hospital in Winnipeg ?
Misericordia . The name of the beautiful old library across the street ? The
Dinah said she wished she had never moved back to Ottawa , and having moved
back she wished she had never bought a house , and having bought a house
she wished she had sold it before the market went down . Her
Lew had moved an old sofa out there , and another table , where he worked
while Harriet lay resting in the hammock . Now he looked up . “ I thought you
were going to be a sportswriter . ” “ No , " Kenny said . “ Newspapers will soon be
a thing ...
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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