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The Body Double by Emily Beyda
Mar 03, 2020 | ISBN 9780385545273
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An Austin Chronicle and CrimeReads Most Anticipated Book

“Emily Beyda’s book is so good she doesn’t need a blurb from me.” 
–Eve Babitz

“Emily Beyda spins gorgeous prose around the black hole at the center of The Body Double. An existential thriller that vibrates at the uncanny pitch where screaming might be laughter, and a haunting portrait of a young woman as she disappears into the sinkhole of the camera. The Narcissus-funhouse of Hollywood, the moonlit windows of Los Angeles, the two-way mirror of consciousness—Beyda arrows directly for the crack in the glass.”
–Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!

““A hypnotic deep-dive into notions of female identity and visibility; it’s a lyrical nightmare that renders LA a prison, and the self a collapsible construct. The Body Double sucks you in with reflected glamour, and masterfully spits you out the same way Hollywood does— transfixed, disposable, wanting more.”
–Caite Dolan-Leach, author of We Went to the Woods

The Body Double is a deft, dark, and surprisingly unusual Hollywood story, cinematic in both substance and in style. Beyda’s confident debut is both assured and unsettling. It’s a noir, sure, but so much more—a tale for our times about the dangers of artifice, identity, and fame.”
–Ivy Pochoda, author of Wonder Valley and Visitation Street

“Compelling and provocative and fiercely intelligent. Emily Beyda’s writing is a thrill.”
Jennifer duBois, author oCartwheel and The Spectators 

The Body Double is an epic read and Emily Beyda is a thrilling writer. Fame, beauty, youth, and artifice have rarely been mined for such narrative gold. Fantastic in every sense of the word.”
 —Elisa Albert, author of After Birth

A treat… An exploration of women’s identities merging can be fertile ground to play with notions of gender and identity, and never-more-so than in The Body Double.”

“Beyda’s moody debut plays on the conventions of film noir, with a special nod to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo… Has the potency and sense of inevitability of a particularly vivid dream… Absorbing.”

“Well executed… lush and operatic… As she meets her fate with slow-burning horror, the unnamed woman fades like a ghost in a haunted house, its rooms as hollow as the empty promise of stardom. A nightmarish and unsettling story.” 
–Kirkus Reviews

“Eerie… Beyda favors a slow-burning, deliberate pace, but her psychological thriller weaves a shroud of menace and anxiety. This auspicious debut will get under the reader’s skin and stay there.”
Publisher’s Weekly


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