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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Someone sad in person will be funny in print , or gallant in person , brutal in print
. As if the act of writing puts him in touch with his other self . But wouldn't it be nice
if it put him in touch with both selves ? This new novel is like the others .
... person to person , unifying the story and directing it . 223.
The other day she had been saying to Dinah that she always felt so sad for
Buster Keaton there was nothing sadder than wasted talent . But Dinah got
impatient . It's sadder for us than for him , she'd said . It's not sad for the person ...
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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