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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looked , thought Dinah , like Paula Prentiss on a bad day . “ She's coming in
January . She says she wants to move here , though she's probably just trying to
scare us . ” “ Then she's not mad at you . ” “ She's going to tear me limb from limb .
Dinah thought the Hawaiian girl with the long dark hair , the one who played the
secondary love interest , was the most beautiful girl she had ever seen , and on
the way home , on the train , she thought of nothing else but how she was going
man called J.P.R. Golightly , a name not coined , as she'd thought , by Truman
Capote , after all . She parked at the French embassy and walked over to the falls
, feeling the stir of temperaments in the cold and empty air , those odd couplings ...
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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