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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They all walk down the street like that . ” Harriet saw the street . She saw what he
was seeing . The dark , humid , relaxed air where they themselves had walked
twelve years before on the Malécon , the wide sidewalk that hugged the harbor ...
A sort of quickening when she entered stores , or passed restaurants or
barbershops , or when she went for a walk . Down every aisle . In every window .
From behind every tree . She expected to see his big , bushy head pop into view .
... Audrey Hepburn's neck and Cecil Beaton's flowers ; a long - awaited phone
call from a country far away ; then a walk up Sunnyside and a walk back , during
which a plop of rain fell on her forehead and she thought that's why the smell is
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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