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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That fall she slept very little , usually waking at three , worried that she couldn't
remember words . It took her hours one night to remember the word waffle ; only
tortilla would come to mind . When the teachers went on strike for two weeks , it ...
Do you remember your Great - Aunt Leah ? It's been a long time . ” They looked
up and saw nearly at eye level a very short , brisk - looking old lady with beautiful
deep - set eyes , an extraordinary blue . A thick neck , soft veined cheeks , and ...
But remember after they make love ? ” persisted Harriet . “ When she says she
has to go home and she's moving around getting dressed ? He phones another
girlfriend ? But as soon as the door closes behind her , he hangs up . Remember
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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