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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Lew reached for his wife's hand , but she batted him away . The kids were used to
this : their dad reaching for their mom's hand , and their mom batting him away .
Despite the heat , Kenny was wearing his gangster jacket . In the inner pockets ...
Even as she reached for a grocery cart , she turned to survey the mounds of fruit
and vegetables , expecting to see bent over bananas , sorting through
persimmons , bagging potatoes , that big figure in the soft grey sweater . On a
walk through ...
Then feeling cold as she waited , she reached for Leah's silk kimono , which was
hanging on the back of a kitchen chair , and put it on . She had always admired it
, and with good reason the colors traced delicate maps of the Far East ; and it ...
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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