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Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies - A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words


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In this evocative and gorgeously wrought memoir reminiscent of Rob Sheffield’s ''Love Is a Mixtape'' and George Hodgman’s ''Bettyville'', Michael Ausiello — a respected TV columnist and founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine.com — remembers his late husband, and the lessons, love, and laughter that they shared throughout their fourteen years together.

For the past decade, TV fans of all stripes have counted upon Michael Ausiello’s insider knowledge to get the scoop on their favorite shows and stars. From his time at ''Soaps in Depth'' to his influential stints at ''TV Guide'' and ''Entertainment Weekly'', to his current role as founder and editor-in-chief of the wildly popular website TVLine.com, Michael has established himself as the go-to expert when it comes to our most popular form of entertainment.

What many of his fans don’t know, however, is that while his professional life was in full swing, Michael had to endure the greatest of personal tragedies: his husband, Kit Cowan, was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive form of neuroendocrine cancer. Over the course of eleven months, Kit and Michael did their best to combat the deadly disease, but Kit succumbed to his illness in February 2015.

In this heartbreaking and darkly hilarious memoir, Michael tells the story of his harrowing and challenging last year with Kit while revisiting the thirteen years that preceded it, and how the undeniably powerful bond between him and Kit carried them through all manner of difficulty — always with laughter front and center in their relationship. Instead of a tale of sadness and loss, ''Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies'' is an unforgettable, inspiring, and beautiful testament to the resilience and strength of true love.

Hardcover, 309 Pages, Published September 2017

Author: Michael Ausiello


“When a journalist as talented as Ausiello turns their focus inward, something special is bound to occur. Such is the case with ''Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies''. A more heartbreaking, honest, funny, and insightful book on the subject of loss can be found nowhere.” (J.J. Abrams, writer-director-producer, Lost, Alias, Westworld, Star Trek, Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

“Sexy and sweet, charming and funny, Michael Ausiello somehow manages to turn a story of loss into a hopeful tale that shines with warmth and wit.” (Lauren Graham, star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood)

"Like some of Michael's favorite TV shows, his book is heartfelt, smart, funny, insightful, and packs an enormous emotional punch. I can't recommend it more." (Greg Berlanti, writer-director-producer, The Flash, Arrow, Dawson's Creek, Brothers & Sisters)

"Tender, profoundly poignant, and cleverly written with equal parts wit and integrity, the book is grounded in the realities of modern relationships and the grim fate of mortality. A heartbreaking memoir infused with dark humor and composed with true love." (Kirkus Reviews)

“The ending is given away in the title, but the experience of reading it is something wholly unexpected... a humorous, enlightening, and sometimes even sensual look at gay life in New York City... and a swoon-inducing romance that pulls no punches about how just how much work goes into staying with the love of your life until the end of his life.” (Kevin Fallon, The Daily Beast)

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