The Body Double offers a sharply observed portrayal of the dark side of Hollywood. The novel follows a young woman plucked from obscurity by a charming stranger to impersonate a reclusive Hollywood star. At first alluring and exciting, our narrator’s new life as a body double quickly turns sour. Hollywood legend Eve Babitz calls this glittering and suspenseful novel “the book your mother warned you about.” Taking cues from both Ingmar Berman’s Persona and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, The Body Double is a cinematic and fabulously plotted noir about fame, beauty, and the hidden cost of keeping up appearances. According to Publishers Weekly, “this auspicious debut will get under the reader’s skin and stay there.”
Rosanna Feld hasn’t stepped out in public in a year. Her fans are worried, her deals are failing, and she needs a look-alike to take her place in the tabloid media circus. Locked up in a small apartment in the hills, our narrator’s days are strictly controlled. She studies footage of Rosanna, eats her favorite foods, wears her clothes, and endures punishing exercises to obtain Rosanna’s “perfect” body. But, as she makes her public debut—eventually risking a dinner party with Rosanna’s closest friends—our narrator’s sense of self starts to wane and alarming questions arise. What really caused Rosanna’s mental collapse? Where has she been? And is Max, Rosanna’s assistant, an ally or something more sinister?
Emily Beyda is a Los Angeles native who for the past three years has written the popular "Dear Glutton" advice column in The Austin Chronicle. A graduate of Texas State's M.F.A. program, she currently resides back in L.A. The Body Double is her first novel.