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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were no longer the same , Harriet would write , Dear Pauline , How do you know
whether you've misjudged someone ? Misjudged how far someone will go ?
There's the neverending doubt when you aren't sure . When you won't allow
When he seems cheerful , have you asked him if he really is ? " Harriet felt
suddenly foolish . But she defended herself . “ When I do he's evasive . That's
what gets me . He doesn't react . Now Pauline Kael , there's someone who's not
afraid of ...
That I'd say someone isn't as bright as someone else ? ” “ That you'd say
someone isn't very bright who thinks she's your friend . ” “ I could say I'm not
bright enough to play bridge . That's true too . ” She watched his thin , reproachful
back as 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