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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Dinah loved him . She had moved onto the street because he was here , and still
checked her facts with him . The name of the Catholic hospital in Winnipeg ?
Misericordia . The name of the beautiful old library across the street ? The
Until one day , when they were driving south on Bank Street , they saw a great
yellow truck sail by with Oh Hunger ? painted on its side , and remembered , in
unison , the moment in Desire when Gary Cooper comes up with the right slogan
They inched forward , not lifting their feet off the ground , past street signs fringed
with foot - long icicles and a stop sign that wore a buckskin jacket of ice . Fine rain
was coming down . They stepped over a tree limb and heard road crews in the ...
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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