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Sellevision: A Novel Paperback – September 28, 2010
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The hilarious first novel by the #1 bestselling author of Running with Scissors, Dry, A Wolf at the Table, and You Better Not Cry, Sellevision is Augusten Burrough's darkly funny and vastly entertaining skewering of a very troubled home-shopping channel.
Welcome to the world of Sellevision, America's premier retail broadcasting network. When Max Andrews, the much loved and handsome (that is, lonely and gay) host of a "Toys for Tots" segment, accidentally exposes himself in front of millions of kids, Sellevision faces its first big scandal. As Max struggles to find a new job in television, the popular and perky host Peggy Jean Smythe is receiving sinister emails from a stalker. Popping pills and drinking heavily, she fails to notice that her husband is spending a lot of time with the young babysitter who lives next door. Then there's Leigh, whose affair with married Sellevision boss Howard Toast is going nowhere until she announces their relationship on air. A blistering satire of our overcharged, scandal-obsessed world, Sellevision is "an absolute howl . . . wicked fun" (New York Daily News).
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“One of the most compelling and screamingly funny voices of the new century.” ―USA Today
“Acidic entertainment.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“Sellevision is good company for the beach or the plane. . . . The material sparkles.” ―Booklist
“Savvy, very entertaining. Is there a funnier combination than fast-moving soap opera and tawdry comedy? Underneath all the lunacy lies a grim truth: the thin line separating grotesque satire and everyday reality has been erased and will never exist again.” ―Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho
“Sellevision is brilliant, subversive, and marvelously evil. In this stunningly fresh debut, Augusten Burroughs has redefined the edge. This is TV Guide for the morally bereft and spiritually bankrupt. Thank God. I feel queasy I didn't write it.” ―Suzanne Finnamore, author of Otherwise Engaged
“A painfully hilarious look at the dark side of consumer capitalism and the perils of third-tier celebrity. Days after reading it, I'm still buoyed by the invigorating malice I encountered on virtually every page. Augusten Burroughs has slam-dunked the zeitgeist.” ―Robert Rodi, author of Kept Boy
About the Author
- ASIN : 0312430078
- Publisher : Picador; Second edition (September 28, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780312430078
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312430078
- Item Weight : 7.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.58 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #329,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Several of the hosts of "Sellevision", the premiere home shopping network, maintain personable and wonderful lives in front of the camera, only to have them fall apart behind it. Start with Max, a gay host who has an unfortunate "outing" on a children's segment, which lead to his dismissal sets the tone for this unusual romp. Max must try to find another job in an overstocked market. Peggy Jean, who relies a little too much on bottles instead of prayer for relief, suffers from the taunting of a stalker named Zoe, who is not who you think she is. Leigh's affair with the network manager is leading her down the path to nowhere, while popular host Bebe meets the man of her dreams over the Internet, or does she?
Wildly funny in places (Barbara Striesand for vice-president?), this book is a precursor to the Burroughs wit shown more fruitfully in his non-fiction. Not challenging to read, this a great read for a long drive, or an afternoon on the beach, or an airplane flight. The end result for every character is somewhow appropriate and a little bit dark. But then, what do you expect from the ingenious mind of Burroughs?
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Really enjoyed reading all his books so far. His view on life is not dissimilar to David Safaris. Another great comic writer.