An epic debut novel about a young man coming to terms with his life in the process and aftermath of making his first filmfrom critically acclaimed short story writer Owen Kingfor readers of Joshua Ferris, Sam Lipsyte, and Chad Harbach. Filmmaker Sam Dolan has a difficult relationship with his father, B-movie actor Booth Dolana boisterous, opinionated, lying lothario whose screen legacy falls somewhere between cult hero and pathetic. Allie, Sams dearly departed mother, was a woman whose only fault, in Sams eyes, was her eternal affection for his father.
Also included in the cast of indelible characters a precocious, frequently violent half-sister; a conspiracy-theorist second wife; an Internet-famous roommate; a family friend and contractor who cant stop expanding his house; a happy-go-lucky college girlfriend and her husband, a retired Yankees catcher; the morose producer of a true crime show; and a slouching indie film legend. Not to mention a tragic sex monster. Unraveling the tumultuous, decades-spanning story of the Dolan familys friends, lovers, and adversaries, Double Feature is about letting go of everythingregret, resentment, ambition, dignity, moving pictures, the deadand taking it again from the top.
Combining propulsive storytelling and mordant wit against the backdrop of indie filmmaking, Double Feature brims with a deep understanding of the trials of ambition and art, of relationships and life, and of our attempts to survive it all.