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Garbo laughs

Author: Elizabeth Hay
Publisher: New York : Counterpoint, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hay, Elizabeth, 1951-
Garbo laughs.
New York : Counterpoint, ©2003
(OCoLC)607011241
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Hay
ISBN: 1582432910 9781582432915 1582432929 9781582432922
OCLC Number: 52387812
Description: 294 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Elizabeth Hay.

Abstract:

"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."--Jacket.

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