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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Do you think we ' ll be able to see the room Frank and Ava stayed in ? ” “ Do you
think they stayed there together ? ” she asked . “ Or at different times ? ” “ It had to
be together . Frank would never stay there after they split up if Ava stayed ...
The article got lost among other papers on his desk , the letters that kept coming
with their oddly touching requests : a woman who wanted to hear Edward
Johnson ' s voice because the great tenor stayed with them one night when she
was a ...
Jane and Kenny insisted that Dinah stay and watch a movie with them . They
wouldn ' t let her leave , and so she stayed , while Lew drove Valerie ( who didn ' t
care for movies ) home . Jane put on Crossing Delancey ( despite Kenny ' s plea
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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