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 Asian woman who wrote in pencil read so softly that no one could hear her .
Pencil Voice , thought Harriet . “ May I read it for you ? ” she asked . But the
writing was too faint to decipher . “ I wrote in pencil until I was twenty , ” Harriet
As usual she felt aggressively unsettled in his presence . He wrote on the board ,
My brother the egghead hated the smell of eggs so much he stayed at the top of
the stairs and held his nose during breakfast . Harriet rubbed out everything after
Harriet wrote , The Bacardi is swell , but the flies are driving Kenny nuts , recalling
how they'd eaten one day in a tiny restaurant on a slummy street , and when the
ceiling fans stopped working the flies descended and Kenny fled . He stood in ...
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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