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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... to make out the source , she'd heard a voice in the alley on the other side of the
big oak , just past Bill Bender's garage , a man speaking to a dog in a tone so
natural and easy that she'd known everything about him she needed to know .
A low , pleasant - lugubrious voice , an old - man voice , as he falls in with Jimmy
Durante and doesn't get the jokes . Durante grinning like a maniac and Keaton
on the sidelines . And you can see what the studio is up to . They're going to ...
In that one the other client was being hooked up : she heard the voice of Danilo's
colleague explaining as he went along , and she imagined the obese chest and
belly of the man at his mercy . She didn't imagine that she knew him , but she did
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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