Shopgirl

Shopgirl

Book - 2000
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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 love--with 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.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780786866588
0786866586
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 130 pages ;,22 cm

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AL_KATI Jul 03, 2017

Quiet. Thoughtful. And frankly, astonishing. This is a novel I like to revisit every few years because it seems so realistic that it hurts.

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modestgoddess
Oct 18, 2012

This novella is an entirely cerebral look at a love affair. As such, it isn't emotionally grabby, but it does have a lot of insight into May-December relationships. SPOILER ALERT! It's interesting that the older man is the one who needs a lot of educating, but doesn't get it, and the younger man is the one who gets it (albeit somewhat accidentally) and comes back to Mirabelle intact, and altogether a much better bet for her in the end. I enjoyed this but it does come across as detached, as smichal says.

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smichal
May 26, 2012

This book has a weird, detached tone. It was written from an outsider's point of view, not that of any of the characters. I found the story to be irritating and I wonder if it is autobiographical.

An old perv dates a pretty, depressed woman half his age, but really he has no interest in her. He's just using her for sex while he looks for somebody better (because he is immature for his age...wtf?), and he lets her know that he's banging other women and he keeps buying her gifts and doesn't realize or care that he is hurting her. GROSS. Finally she realizes she's being used and somehow still remains friends with him, and he starts thinking of her as more of a daughter.

Ya, right! This is very offensive.

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