Garbo Laughs

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Taylor & Francis, 2003 - Fiction - 294 pages
This is a novel about movie love. Set in Ottawa in the 1990s, it is the quixotic tale of tall, thin Harriet Browning, inflamed by the movies she was deprived of as a child. Harriet is a woman so saturated with the movies, seen repeatedly and swallowed whole, that she no longer fits into this world. Bent on seeing everything she has missed, she forms a Friday night movie club with three companions-of-the-screen: a boy who loves Frank Sinatra, a girl with Bette Davis eyes, and an earthy sidekick named Dinah for Dinah Shore. Breaking in upon this quiet backwater, in time with the devastating ice storm of 1998, come two refugees from Hollywood, the faded 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? What hope does real love have when movie love, in all its brief intensity, is an easy option? In this comedy of secondhand desire, movies and movie lovers come first.
 

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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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User Review  - chicapeligrosa - LibraryThing

I did enjoy the story very much but found the flipping around from one POV to the next a bit confusing at first (especially without any significant separation in the text). Sometimes it wasn't clear ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
17
Section 4
34
Section 5
37
Section 6
40
Section 7
43
Section 8
44
Section 21
120
Section 22
123
Section 23
131
Section 24
137
Section 25
154
Section 26
162
Section 27
177
Section 28
187

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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About the author (2003)

Elizabeth Hay was born in Owen Sound, Ontario in 1951. She attended Victoria College, University of Toronto. After graduation, Hay worked for CBC radio in Yellowknife, Winnipeg and Toronto, as a host, interviewer, and documentary maker, especially for "Sunday Morning." She also taught creative writing at New York University and the University of Ottawa. Hay won the award for Fiction Gold from the National Magazine Awards in 1995. She was Co-winner of the Western Magazine Award for fiction in 1995 and won 2nd prize in the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, for The Only Snow in Havana in 1993.

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