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Between the bridge and the river : a novel
Craig Ferguson
Adult Fiction FERGUSO

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From Publishers' Weekly:

A gallery of grotesques slogs through the sewers of the entertainment industry toward redemption in this exhilarating debut novel from the host of The Late Late Show. Leading the pack are Fraser, a Scottish "phony TV evangelist... drunken, selfish media prick... gossip and sot" who has been disgraced in a sex scandal; his cancer-stricken boyhood pal, George; vapid sit-com star Leon; and Leon's 300-pound, sexually perverted Svengali brother, Saul. They make their separate but linked ways through a world populated by snake handlers, serial killers, dead-eyed whores and hack studio executives pushing formulaic action films, while they take hallucinatory side trips. The sprawling tale, with plenty of Scottish backstory, casts a jaundiced eye on media debaucheries and petty vanities, throwing in miscellaneous riffs on everything from Starbuck's to escort ads, but Ferguson is particularly sharp-and funny-on Hollywood proper. For every satire of organized religion or a Vegas that's "as glitzy as a trailer park at Christmas," however, he delivers an injunction to "help others" or an ode to Paris in springtime that somehow sounds fresh. The result is a tour de force of cynical humor and poignant reverie, a caustic yet ebullient picaresque that approaches the sacred by way of the profane. (Apr. 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In the American South, twins Saul and Leon are born, Leon blessed with a voice that entices alligators from the swamp. Meanwhile, in Scotland, George learns he has cancer and sets off to commit a protracted suicide. Then there's Fraser, a British televangelist revealed as a sex pervert, who escapes to a new life in the United States. And so it goes. These stories are picked up and dropped with the rapidity of a tennis ball in lively play, serving as a platform for launching pithy and whimsical satirical volleys at religion, the entertainment industry, and things in general. The U.S. mantra is "Sanitized for your convenience," covering everything from Playboy photos to Hooters, hookers, and toilet seats. There is an ugly British composer by the name of Anthony Boyd-Webster who caters to bourgeois tastes (any similarity to an actual composer is surely accidental). As host of CBS's The Late Late Show, Ferguson knows how to keep people awake, and he does just that with his lively first novel. Name recognition, plus jacket quotes from Mitch Albom and Lawrence Block, should ensure this one gets noticed. For all larger public libraries.-Bob Lunn, Kansas City P.L., MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Phony TV evangelist; disgraced from a sex scandal.

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Leon's half-brother; sexually perverted.

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