One of the most acclaimed and beloved entertainers, Steve Martin is quickly becoming recognized as a gorgeous writer capable of being at once melancholy and tart, achingly innocent and astonishingly ironic (Elle). A frequent contributor to both The New Yorker and the New York Times as well as the author of the New York Times bestseller Pure Drivel, Martin is once again poised to capture the attention of readers with his debut novella, a delightful depiction of life and love. The shopgirl is Mirabelle, a beautiful aspiring artist who pays the rent by selling gloves at the Beverly Hills Neiman Marcus. She captures the attention of Ray Porter, a wealthy, lonely businessman. As Ray and Mirabelle tentatively embark on a relationship, they both struggle to decipher the language of lovewith consequences that are both comic and heartbreaking. Filled with the kind of witty, discerning observations that have brought Steve Martin incredible critical success, Shopgirl is a work of disarming tenderness.
You wouldn't think that Steve Martin would be an exceptional writer, but he is! Once I read one of his books, I had to go out and try to find them all. They are all wonderful! Start with this one. He has a writing style all his own, like your best friend is sharing a story with you.
I saw this movie a while ago, even though I own it, but it made me cry!!! I loved it so much! I seemed like the girl (can't remember her name) was looking for a father figure in Steve Martin and seeing the transformation of the guy she ended up with. I was so happy to see that the rock star had offered self help cd's on how to treat women, I wish most men would do the same
I loved ShopGirl! Steve Martin is such a great authour and has a way of really humanizing his characters so you can experience what they are feeling. It's a pretty short book so makes for a very fast read.
I also loved the movie adaptation and highly recommend both. I usually get disgusted at movies after I read the book, but this was one where I felt they had done it right!
This novella was such a great read. Steve Martin really knows how to write a character that you can relate with. He makes me laugh and cry at the right moments, and there is never lack of emotion in any of his writings. He also did a great job in turning this into a movie. I was glad to see that nothing had really changed. As always, I think the book is superior to the movie, despite how similar they are. The written word just seems to go further.
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