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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came the happy thought , dislodging her limbs from Peter O ' Toole ) . “ You don ' t
sleep , ” was all he found it wise to say . “ You suffer so . ” “ Suffer ? ” This was too
much . “ What do you mean suffer ? Lepers suffer . Victims of ringworm suffer .
The sleep clinic had a cancellation . Come in tonight , they said . Be here by eight
o ' clock . What time is it now ? she asked , since it was too dark to see her watch .
A quarter to eight , they said . Before leaving she lit a candle , found the phone ...
When she asked him why he said he wasn ' t sure , but he suspected that women
learn how to get by without much sleep . He said , “ They don ' t complain or
whine as much as men . ” Small and slender , this Danilo , with glasses and a soft
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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