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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I've never understood the word ' plot , Professor Harriet admitted . “ One thing
leads to the next thing . But does it ? ” Her students looked at her . “ It seems to
me that one thing often leads to the same thing . Or back to an earlier thing . Or ,
I can't hear a thing . I can't hear . ” In the kitchen , Lew slowly dried his hands .
Then came to see what the trouble was about . “ I'm not allowed an opinion ? ”
Dinah was saying with plaintive good humor . " I'm not allowed to say he's just
His long wrists came out of his jacket sleeves , his long fingers sorted papers , his
wristwatch was neither too tight nor too loose . She found herself doing things for
him , and stopped . That way lay doom . No , he must continue to do things ...
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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