Double Feature

Scribner. Mar. 2013. ISBN 9781451676891. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781451676914. F
In spring 2002, Sam Dolan is bringing his artistic vision to life: a low-budget, serious film about soul-searching twentysomethings at a small liberal arts college. Sam's cinematic legacy includes his garrulous father, Booth, a B-movie actor who left Sam's mother, Allie, for one of his unstable mistresses. Once Sam's film experiment concludes unexpectedly, the narrative flashes back and forth from his childhood with often-absent Booth to his post-auteur stint as a wedding videographer. Throw in a satyr, a precocious stepsister, and a blogger roommate, and the stage is set for a tender, hilarious first novel from short-fiction writer and educator King (We're All in This Together: A Novella and Stories) that deftly follows the twisted path of family relationships, legacies, and the baggage we all deal with.
VERDICT Fans of John Irving, Tom Perrotta, Jonathan Tropper, and Nick Hornby will appreciate this urban family tale liberally dosed with humor. [See Prepub Alert, 9/27/12.]
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