"A raucous novel... He writes with wit and a terrific eye for snappy revealing dialogue. Breslin is not mean-spirited; rather he is insightful in his remembrances of things past. This home shopping experience is powerful." - Carole Mallory, Huffington Post Books
"Despite a smiley-face ending, this novel is worth its weight in all the gold, silver, and crystal jewelry now on clearance prices until midnight. Give me 10,000 copies. I'd gladly give it a go selling them on QVC myself." - Holly Love, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Compelling and poetic, Shoplandia's stories have all the insight and complexity of the best novels. Breslin gives us a thoughtful meditation on consumerism and the American Dream." - Terry Heyman, Greetings From Insanity
"With a tone and style reminiscent of George Saunders and situations that would feel right at home in a Don DeLillo novel, the stories collected in Jim Breslin's Shoplandia offer an engaging and informed behind-the-scenes look at the home shopping industry." - Marc Schuster, Small Press Reviews
"Shoplandia reveals the absurd world of home shopping networks with rollicking humor and gusto." - James Esch, Turk’s Head Review
“Compelling and poetic, Shoplandia’s stories have all the insight and complexity of the best novels. Breslin gives us a thoughtful meditation on consumerism and the American Dream.” - Terry Heyman, Greetings From Insanity
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Jake Meecham has been dropped down a rabbit hole. As a new production assistant at Shoplandia, he quickly realizes America’s third largest home shopping channel is much more than smiling show hosts, quantity counters and sparkling jewelry. Everyone visiting the live studio—reality TV stars, beloved country musicians, drunk baseball icons and A-Team actors—is striving to cash in on their own version of the American Dream. Meanwhile, a motivational guru inspires manager Warren to plot out a life-changing career strategy and fledgling show host Renee searches deep to find her “sales gene.” Marketing VP Johnny tracks down a troubled long lost show host while back in the studio, producers Dottie and Dylan struggle to keep the live show from imploding. A humorous novel told through stories, Shoplandia peels back the curtain to reveal the familial bonds that often form in our working lives.