“Come for the hilarious narration, stay for the whirlwind plot, luxuriate in the satirical gleam.”




An ambitious young woman navigates the slippery world of advertising–and the equally slippery question of who she wants to be.

Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada in Sally Franson's smart and witty debut novel.

Casey Pendergast, once a book-loving English major, is now a clothes-loving brand strategist at a top ad agency. Casey is a superstar, and her career has skyrocketed: she knows what people want, and she knows how to give it to them. When her hard-to-please boss assigns her to a top-secret marketing campaign that pairs authors with corporations hungry for creative copy and upmarket cache, Casey is initially thrilled–but as she begins to meet and woo her literary idols, she can’t help but question the cost on her conscience. With an unforgettable voice–plucky and razor-sharp, equal parts feminist and pop-culture–this is the story of a young woman untangling the contradictions of our culture, and finding her way out of the rat race by returning to her first love: literature.



SALLY FRANSON is the author of A LADY'S GUIDE TO SELLING OUT, which was named a Minnesota Book Award finalist. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, NPR Weekend Edition, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Best American Travel Writing, and she reviews books regularly for the San Francisco Chronicle. A screen adaption of her novel is currently in development with Anonymous Content.

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A LADY’S GUIDE TO SELLING OUT has been optioned for film by Anonymous Content.

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