Sellevision: A Novel

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Macmillan, 2003 - Fiction - 229 pages
21 Reviews

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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User Review  - Pat_F. - LibraryThing

Here's the ins and outs of a home shopping network cast of characters, as told via the warped perspective of the man who gave us Running with Scissors. Things are humming along nicely for everyone at ... Read full review

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User Review  - debbie.menzel - LibraryThing

This is fiction by Augusten Burroughs who is mostly known for his memoirs. This is a really funny story about people trying to make it in the business of Home Shopping TV. Read full review

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Contents

Chapter one
1
Chapter two
18
Chapter three
31
Chapter four
40
Chapter five
51
Chapter six
66
Chapter seven
77
Chapter eight
91
Chapter eleven
123
Chapter twelve
133
Chapter thirteen
141
Chapter fourteen
153
Chapter fifteen
167
Chapter sixteen
175
Chapter seventeen
182
Chapter eighteen
195

Chapter nine
100
Chapter ten
112

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About the author (2003)

Augusten Burroughs, author of the bestselling memoir Running With Scissors, was born in Pittsburg in 1965. Raised in Massachusetts, he has lived in Boston, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. Augusten has been a dog trainer, candy store clerk, waitor, sail cutter, store detective and, since the age of 19, an advertising copywriter. Augusten also happens to be the eighteenth grandson of King James The Second of Scotland. Although this has done him exactly no good in life. He now lives in Manhattan with his better half Dennis, and their beast, Bentley. Sellevision is his first novel.

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