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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... where the baker sometimes stood in the back door of the bakery and tossed
them balls of dough , as if they were stray ... and in a way they were , roaming
freely until their mother stood on the porch and blew a whistle either at noon or at
And don't tell me you're doing other things . I know what your life is like . ” Harriet
unfolded her long body and stood up . Why was Al Pacino more ruthless than
Marlon Brando ? Because he was shorter . She stood over towered over her
They stood looking at each other , dismayed and unprepared . “ Doesn't he have
any friends ? ” she asked . “ Doesn't anybody stick up for him ? ” " I didn't ask . ” “
Did she say what we should do ? ” “ She said the school would handle it .
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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