Sellevision: A Novel by Augusten BurroughsSellevision: A Novel by Augusten Burroughs

Sellevision: A Novel

byAugusten Burroughs

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).

Augusten Burroughs was raised in Amherst, Massachusetts. An advertising copywriter since the age of 19, he lives in New York City. Sellevision is his first novel.
Title:Sellevision: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.22 × 5.57 × 0.68 inPublished:September 28, 2010Publisher:PicadorLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312430078

ISBN - 13:9780312430078

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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..:--
Date published: 2014-04-04
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

Editorial Reviews

"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