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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In the morning , while the kids and Lew sleep in , she makes coffee and takes it to
her desk upstairs , and there she sits remembering the previous week the last
week of November , when for a day or two it was unexpectedly warm and she ...
A week later Lew came home , and a few days after that she cut Kenny's hair ,
kneeling on the floor afterwards and sweeping it into the dustpan , reminded of a
previous time when Lew was the barber and said afterwards in a soft moaning ...
She wouldn't return for a week , and when she did , her mother , Ida , came with
her . On December 25 , Harriet raised the blinds and snow was falling outside . In
a sign of things to come , she saw a woman walk by under a large umbrella .
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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