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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She had acres of gums . Voltaire on Canada ? Nothing but a few acres of snow ?
Well . Check out these few acres of gums . She tried out her idea on Dinah . “ You
're a career woman , ” she said , “ what do you think ? ” “ A career woman ?
A woman in her sixties who looked like Vanessa Redgrave without the neck . 4. )
A young Asian woman who wrote with pencil , since by now they were all writing ;
this was the miracle . They were all , without exception , writing . There was 5.
The little woman went off to her appointment , and Harriet pulled out her
notebook and began to write . I don't know why , but I've been thinking about
Katharine Hepburn , asking myself why I find her so embarrassing that I have to
look away .
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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