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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They swam along comfortably , side by side . Harriet said , “ I just wish he wouldn'
t smile so much . ” “ But why does Mr. Bingley smile ? Why does Jane Bennet
smile ? Because they're happy ? I don't think so . ” Dinah had Harriet's attention .
From here Ottawa rose up on the opposite side of the canal like a small city on
the far side of a plain to which the traveller is destined to go . She liked , at night
especially , to stand in her boots , or on her skis , and stare across at the ribbon of
That was after Twentieth Century - Fox took her and McCall's magazine to task for
panning West Side Story , and she was fired by McCall's and didn't write about
movies for a year . ” “ She didn't like West Side Story ? ” Kenny was incredulous .
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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