New Harvest, Hardcover, 9780547942070, 281pp.
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
For readers of "The Devil Wears Prada" and fans of TV shows like "American Idol" and "America's Got Talent" comes "Elimination Night, " an uproariously funny look at the backstabbing, ego clashes, and 24 7 snafus that transpire behind the scenes of one of the country's smash talent programs.
Sasha King dreams of being a serious novelist and living the good life with her AWOL hunk of a boyfriend, Brock. But her day job as an assistant producer of Project Icon, the once-mighty ratings juggernaut that's recently taken a hit in the Nielsen's ratings, keeps her working nonstop. She's got her hands full with the show's two new celebrity judges, entrepreneur-actress-singer Bibi Vasquez ( Crew to be forbidden to make eye contact with Artist AT ALL TIMES, reads her contract) and rock legend Joey Lovecraft, a priapic wild man who doesn t even own a TV (it goes against the teachings of his guru, Tibetan high lama Yutog Gonpo).
As the competition among the hopeful, young would-be stars including the foul-mouthed Mia Pelosi and the chaps-wearing Jimmy Nuggett heats up, Sasha finds herself constantly putting out fires. A date with a mysterious stranger makes her rethink her devotion to Brock. And then an unexpected revelation rocks her world.
A frighteningly smooth host (Wayne Shoreline), muckraking gossip columnists, and powerful people named Nigel round out the pure madcap reading pleasure of "Elimination Night, " a book so hilariously accurate about the inner workings of the talent show machine that it had to be written anonymously.
“Anyone who has ever watched American Idol, and that will be almost everyone, will have the immense satisfaction of the ‘inside scoop,’ real or not.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Elimination Night is as absorbingly entertaining as a certain televised singing competition. The anonymous author's biting roman à clef may seem fueled by hyperbolic satire, but that is the only rational response to the manic microcosm it depicts. Even a noted curmudgeonly judge from the U.K. would have to pass this full-throated send-up on to the next round with flying, hilarious colors.” —Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil