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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It's hard to tell if somebody's beautiful when they've got makeup on . ” Dinah
agreed with Jane . “ She's marvellous . Look at her stride across a room . Nobody
else was like her . Nobody came close . Even the smart ones didn't have what
I won't tell her . I don't tell people they're not very bright . I don't even like the word
. Actually , I hate the word . But some people aren't as bright as others . Ida isn't
as bright as Dinah . ' “ I can't believe it , ” he said , wiping the tears off his face .
TELL THE ONES YOU LOVE , YOU LOVE THEM ; TELL THEM NOW . FOR THE
DAY IS COMING , AND ALSO THE NIGHT WILL COME , WHEN YOU WILL
NEITHER SAY IT , NOR HEAR IT , NOR CARE . I WILL SAY IT AGAIN : TELL 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