One of our country's most acclaimed and beloved entertainers, Steve Martin has written a novella that is unexpectedly perceptive about relationships and life. Martin is profoundly wise when it comes to the inner workings of the human heart.Mirabelle is the "shopgirl" of the title, a young woman,... show more
One of our country's most acclaimed and beloved entertainers, Steve Martin has written a novella that is unexpectedly perceptive about relationships and life. Martin is profoundly wise when it comes to the inner workings of the human heart.Mirabelle is the "shopgirl" of the title, a young woman, beautiful in a wallflowerish kind of way, who works behind the glove counter at Neiman Marcus "selling things that nobody buys anymore..."Slightly lost, slightly off-kilter, very shy, Mirabelle charms because of all that she is not: not glamorous, not aggressive, not self-aggrandizing. Still there is something about her that is irresistible.Mirabelle captures the attention of Ray Porter, a wealthy businessman almost twice her age. As they tentatively embark on a relationship, they both struggle to decipher the language of love -- with consequences that are both comic and heartbreaking. Filled with the kind of witty, discerning observations that have brought Steve Martin critical success, Shopgirl is a work of disarming tenderness.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: January 1st 2000
Pages no: 130
Edition language: English
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The more I learn about him, the more convinced I am that Steve Martin is the ultimate Renaissance man. I read his most recent novel, An Object of Beauty, a few months ago and was impressed by his authorial talents, as well as his knowledge of great art. Though Shopgirl is a piece of his from a bit f...
I read and really enjoyed Martin's book "The Pleasure of my Company" a few years ago. It was quirky and sweet and I found it very funny in parts. I was hoping for more of the same with Shopgirl when I stumbled across the unabridged audio but for some reason it's not working for me. At all. I'm f...
I love Steve Martin and have loved his writings since his 80's comedy 'Cruel Shoes'. This is a completely different kind of book and he proves he's brilliant with anything he does.
I’m pretty torn on how I feel about this one. There were parts that I wasn’t crazy about (when Martin seems to be trying too hard to either get a laugh by nudge-nudging your ribs or seem “deep” by making his characters have mind-blowing epiphanies when it just doesn’t seem natural), but there were p...