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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She read : " He had frisked into the sitting - room , and was now standing there :
perfectly winded . ” Lew , on his way to the kitchen , said , “ How can you stand in
a sitting room ? ” Harriet said , “ I know someone who died in a living room .
Kenny was standing beside her armchair , and she took his hand and held it . “
All right . I won ' t say it . " “ How about Some Like It Hot ? ” suggested Dinah , and
a thrilled Kenny was halfway across the room when the formidable aunt said she
Harriet was standing with her left hand raised and cradled in her right — much as
Garbo might have cradled a bag of ripe persimmons . “ You ' ve never told us how
long you were planning to stay . ” She heard the edge in her own voice .
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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