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 groped desperately inside herself and discovered , wonder of wonders , a
teasing gaiety . “ Good Lord , ” she called to him , and he turned . “ 100.
Is it any wonder ? Is it any wonder that I get depressed ? Ottawa has done this to
me . Ottawa has sucked the juices from my brain and the marrow from my bones .
But I can't say so or Lew's eyes will light up and he'll exclaim : Montreal . Cuba .
No wonder he never brought anybody home . No wonder he was quieter than he
used to be . Dinah was right about that , if wrong about the reasons . In the
afternoon , when Kenny got home from school , she asked him if things were any
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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