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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And you're still on your Gene Kelly kick , ” he said with the long , unguarded smile
she wished he didn't have . She studied his face the large mouth , the tolerant ,
hopeful blue eyes and thought , He's not bad looking . Not Gene Kelly , but not ...
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 .
Then the footsteps of a meaty man ascended the stairs . There was a tentative
knock on the door , and Rod Steiger poked his head into her room . He looked at
her with a certain , all - toofamiliar smile . It was her older brother's smile when he
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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