By Augusten Burroughs

Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312422288, 240pp.

Publication Date: June 2003


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.

About the Author
Augusten Burroughs is the author of "Running with Scissors", "Dry", "Magical Thinking: True Stories", "Possible Side Effects", "A Wolf at the Table" and "You Better Not Cry". He is also the author of the novel "Sellevision", which is currently in development for film. The film version of "Running with Scissors", directed by Ryan Murphy and produced by Brad Pitt, was released in October 2006 and starred Joseph Cross, Brian Cox, Annette Bening (nominated for a Golden Globe for her role), Alec Baldwin and Evan Rachel Wood. Augusten's writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world including "The New York Times" and "New York Magazine". In 2005 "Entertainment Weekly" named him one of "The 25 Funniest People in America." He resides in New York City and Western Massachusetts.

Praise For Sellevision

“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.” —Brett Easton Ellis

“An absolute howl ...wicked fun.” —New York Daily News

“One of the hoots of this fall.” —People

“Acidic entertainment.” —Entertainment Weekly