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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At twelve years old , Dinah Bloom knew she would never marry . Sitting beside
the lilac bush in her backyard , basking in the hot May sun , she knew she would
never marry , she would never have children , and she would never be what she
Reviews of movies she had never seen , most of which she never would see , but
what did it matter , so captivated was she by her sharp tongue and uncanny
grasp of the shape of a movie and the pitfalls into which actors and directors ...
She said to the couple , “ I wonder what would happen if you came back and
someone had taken your boots . ” “ Oh , that never happens , ” the woman said ,
horrified . “ I've been skating for fifteen years and that never happens . Almost
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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