Sellevision: A Novel

Paperback | June 1, 2003

byAugusten Burroughs

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Darkly funny and gleefully mean-spirited, Sellevision explores greed, obsession and third tier celebrity, in the world of a fictional home shopping network.

Welcome to the troubled world of Sellevision, America's premier retail broadcasting network. When Max Andrews, the much-loved and handsome (lonely and gay) host of "Slumber Sunday Sundown" accidentally exposes himself in front of twenty million kids and their parents during a "Toys for Tots" segment, Sellevision faces its first big scandal. As Max fails to find a job in television, another host, the popular and perky Peggy Jean Smythe is receiving sinister emails about her appearance from a stalker. Popping pills and drinking heavily, she fails to notice that her husband is spending a lot of time with the very young babysitter who lives next door. Then there's Leigh, whose affair with Sellevision boss Howard Toast is going nowhere, until she exposes him on air; and Bebe, Sellevision's star host, who finds Mr. Right through the Internet--if she can just stop her shopping addiction from taking over.

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Darkly funny and gleefully mean-spirited, Sellevision explores greed, obsession and third tier celebrity, in the world of a fictional home shopping network.Welcome to the troubled world of Sellevision, America's premier retail broadcasting network. When Max Andrews, the much-loved and handsome (lonely and gay) host of "Slumber Sunday ...

Augusten Burroughs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors, Dry, Magical Thinking, and, most recently, Possible Side Effects, all of which have been New York Times bestsellers and are published around the world. A film version of Running with Scissors was adapted for the screen by Ryan Murphy. Augusten has...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.55 inPublished:June 1, 2003Publisher:PicadorLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just when a happy ending is in sight When I opened "This Is How", also by this author, I was impressed at how he could deliver such sane advice about life's sombre problems, with such insane humour, and make it make sense, never falling apart. I was delighted! After the preview, I bought captivating, twisted, suspenseful "Sellevision" without a thought, and totally ate it in under 24 hours, both very unlike me :-) As I neared the end if Chapter 18, feeling that after so many near-missed happy endings that finally, one was earned, I was going to give this 5 stars, despite the toll the heavy, often downer-sarcasm took on me, as I like happy endings once in awhile. Sadly, in my opinion - the book had an Epilogue. Many of you will wait for plots to tie up in even the vaguest homage to karma, but in vain, only to feel thwarted, than maybe insulted, then maybe even slapped as every opportunity for one hopeful event is denied. I can take that once or twice. Then, it's punishment. I may be thought simple, but that relentlessly perverse pall- despite this genius author's huge talent - knocked off star after star for me. Still, I'll peek at Augusten Burroughs' smart fiction if he grants us more, and stay with it if there's a light at the end of the tunnel for readers like me. But despite all the other chords he struck, maybe readers like me aren't the ones he's looking for..:--
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new look at the shopping channel... Burroughs' first work of fiction is fantastic. He takes you through behind the scenes of a shopping channel and those behind the camera. I really enjoy his almost evil sense of humor. We start off with the main character, Max, who has just been fired for exposing himself on live television during a children's toy segment. It seems that everyone from this fictional shopping channel has their own problems, from cheating to stalkers. This book has it all. Highly enjoyable; Burroughs has a way with words and creating memorable characters.
Date published: 2007-10-25

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