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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At the end of her street she turned right ( to avoid the sloping alley ) and on the
next block heard a commotion at the Golds . A door slammed and Lew Gold , the
most patient of men , burst impatiently , dangerously , down his front steps , losing
Then he turned her hand over and his eyes fastened onto the scar tissue visible
on her lower wrist . He pushed up the sleeve to see more of the shiny ,
corrugated flesh . Then he bent his head and kissed her wrist . “ What are you
... she called through the open doorway . “ The funeral in Sicily , remember ? It
paves the way for the final scene when Michael is all alone with his ghosts . ” She
laughed at herself and turned back to Lew . And the conversation turned to love .
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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