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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Sellevision is a wickedly funny and totally enjoyable novel. The story centers around a mythical television shopping network, honing in on the lives of its show hosts and personnel. We begin with an unfortunate incident of accidental on-air "exposure," and are then absorbed into the lives and thoughts of the show hosts. Hilarious, twisted, a little bit sad and very addicting, Sellevision pulls you right in. Life keeps handing out lemons, but the hosts seem to make lemonade, by golly. If you enjoy the memoirs of Augusten Burroughs, you are sure to enjoy this little gem of a novel. The narrator does a fine job, though I would have preferred that the author perform the narration.
I love this book
Being one of perhaps three people in the known universe who 'did not get' Running With Sissors, I second guessed my choice on a rainy afternoon even as I punched "Confirm Purchase" on my computer screen. I have never regretted it.
I have grown to love the characters, flawed but well meaning, as friends I wished I had. This is one of those rare books that had me racing out to the book store to find a hard copy print just to enjoy the tactile feeling of page turning as I relived, again and again, the improbable, hopelessly charming crew of sellevision. One of a handfull of books I will drag with me where ever I land. A keeper - I have but a few.
Most likely amazing
I have read almost all of his other works and based on them, I am sure that this book is phenominal.