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 laugh was worth waiting for . To be accurate , the attempt to make her laugh
was worth waiting for . How attractive of Melvyn Douglas to be attracted to a
serious Russian and to want to make her laugh . " It sounds natural to me , ” said
Then Harriet said , “ What do you mean , Lew is waiting for me ? ” “ I mean he's
waiting , for you , ” said Dinah . But Lew wasn't waiting , he was coming around
the corner . He called out to them as they made their way back from Fiona's ...
I've been waiting for her to show some interest . ” These waiting Get cracking ! “
Somebody's giving her roses . All the time . I think you should break his legs . ”
Then at the door , her coat on , she said , “ Why don't you ask her to the movies ?
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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