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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He had a newspaper stuck in his back pocket and a pencil behind his ear , and
he was leaning forward with his face in his hands , elbows on his knees , pale ,
tall , wiry - haired — and nobody was asking him to play . Dinah knelt on a slab of
At the same time drops of frozen water hung suspended off their tips — “ An old
game I liked to play when I was little , ” Harriet said to Jane , reaching for a twig
and pulling it low , “ to lift my hand out of the bathwater and watch the water form
... play about her , the paper said . But a play had never materialized , so far as
she knew . She turned on 326.
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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