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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You wouldn ' t need to be liked . You would brass it out . Professor Harriet girded
her loins and looked once more at the Shawl . Something about her was so
familiar . Had they met ? " It ' s time to stop , ” she said , and everyone stopped .
Stop it , ” Harriet said softly , but Leah wasn ' t deaf . “ Stop what ? ” Harriet didn ' t
answer . “ Stop what ? ” She sighed . “ Stop putting Lew down . ” “ Don ' t be
ridiculous , darling . I like Lew more than you do . ” Harriet glanced at the clock on
But once she stopped trying to get up , once she stopped saying she had to go ,
and waited for a few minutes , then it was easy to get up and leave . She took her
hand off the door handle and sat back . When Kenny came around the corner ...
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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