Shopgirl: A Novella

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Hachette Books, Jul 1, 2001 - Fiction - 144 pages
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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.

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I liked the writing,but did not like the plot. - Goodreads
Very pretentious with an abrupt ending. - Goodreads
I found Shopgirl to be an overall sweet love story. - Goodreads
Beautiful vivid story telling. - Goodreads
I found this book hard to read. - Goodreads
Just love the character development... - Goodreads

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User Review  - Micki - Goodreads

I can't for sure say if I loved this book because it was excellent writing or because I couldn't help but hear every word in Steve's delightful voice. Most likely the combination of both that makes me smile ear to ear about this one. Read full review

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User Review  - Nikki Morse - Goodreads

Fun, quick read. Not that memorable - in fact, I'd read it before and barely remembered. It falls in that category of "female characters imagined by men with expected objectification/shallowness to follow," but maybe not as bad as others? And! Steve Martin writing a novel! Fun!! Read full review

About the author (2001)

Steve Martin is a celebrated writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood and The Spanish Prisoner, as well as Roxanne, L.A. Story, and Bowfinger, for which he also wrote the screenplays. He's won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he has written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, and a bestselling novella, Shopgirl. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Times. He lives in New York and Los Angeles.

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