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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The next morning she took out a black ballpoint pen and wrote in indelible ink on
the doll's neck her own name . Harriet Lily Browning . A long name . A long
inknecklace . She took her handiwork to her mother , still in bed on that Sunday ...
Her silver hair kept falling out of the large clip she continually took out and put
back in , pausing to take sips from her can of Diet Pepsi . Only cans , she said ;
bottles don't taste right . The Pepsi purist with the beautiful nails , Harriet will call
Lew took Fiona's arm , Harriet took Leah's , Dinah took her mother's arm . As they
passed Bill Bender's house , Fiona stopped for a moment and gazed at the dark
exterior . “ I'll give you the key , ” she said to Lew at her side , “ and ? would you ...
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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