Garbo LaughsBook - 2003
Harriet Browning becomes enmeshed in the old movies that she was deprived of as a child and views over and over again, until she no longer fits into the real world, until the arrival of two Hollywood refugees who bring her face to face with real life.
Blackwell North Amer
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. Bent on seeing everything she has missed, she rapidly becomes so saturated with old movies, seen repeatedly and swallowed whole, that she no longer fits into the real world. Equally addicted are her three companions-of-the-screen: a boy who loves Frank Sinatra, a girl with Bette Davis eyes, and an earthly sidekick named after Dinah Shore. Breaking in upon this quiet backwater, in time with the devastating ice storm of 1998, come two refugees from Hollywood, the jaded widow of a famous screenwriter and her movie-expert stepson. They are Harsh Reality, who bring 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 brilliant and poignant comedy of secondhand desire, movies and movie lovers come first.
Harriet Browning becomes enmeshed in the old movies that she was deprived of as a child and views over and over again, until she no longer fits into the real world, until the arrival of two Hollywood refugees, the widow of a famous screenwriter and her movie-expert stepson, who bring her face to face with real life. By the author of A Studen of Weather. 40,000 first printing.
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The next day they drove home, across country scoured by glaciers—pressed under ice a mile deep, and pressed repeatedly, until the ice melted for good and the land made a scarred rebound into the marvellous light. Like my childhood, she thought. It too had been a kind of ice age from which the parental glacier had finally retreated, and then what a lot of work it had been to get anything to grow on the boulder-filled, back-breaking personality that remained.
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