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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One of them , he told her , was also a circus performer . A circus performer ? Yes .
He divided his time between the fern museum and the Cuban circus , travelling
the world ; he had even been to Toronto , he knew all about the city . What does ...
Jack had told her that he was going to record Leah ' s memories and work from
the tapes rather than from her sentimental notes . It would seem that he had
convinced his stepmother to go along . Dinah was impressed . He had taken over
Chile then Mexico , he told her . That man sure gets around , said Ida . You know
where I ' d like to go ? she said . Greece . She turned to Dinah . After your
treatment ' s over let ' s go to Greece — the sun will put you back on your feet in
no time ...
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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