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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A door slammed , the taxi pulled away , and then Lew Gold was heading up the
steps and Kenny was heading down . His sister was on his heels . Their house
was two storeys high and made of yellow brick . The wood trim in the hallway was
This involved three simple steps . She poured brandy into a saucepan and
heated it up , added a spoonful of sugar and let it dissolve in the hot liquor , then
poured the liquor over the pudding while Lew struck a match and set it alight .
But she went up her back steps and inside . He wouldn't see her again until later
that night , when he looked out the window before going to bed . What Dinah did
next was drive to Metcalfe Street and buy an extra - large pizza from her favorite ...
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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