- Title: Shopgirl
- Author: Steve Martin
- ISBN: 9780786891078
- Page: 458
- Format: Paperback
Lonely, depressed, Vermont transplant Mirabelle Buttersfield, who sells expensive evening gloves nobody ever buys at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills and spends her evenings watching television with her two cats She attempts to forge a relationship with middle aged, womanizing, Seattle millionaire Ray Porter while being pursued by socially inept and unambitious slacker JereLonely, depressed, Vermont transplant Mirabelle Buttersfield, who sells expensive evening gloves nobody ever buys at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills and spends her evenings watching television with her two cats She attempts to forge a relationship with middle aged, womanizing, Seattle millionaire Ray Porter while being pursued by socially inept and unambitious slacker Jeremy.With than 340,000 copies in print, Steve Martin s Shopgirl has landed on bestseller lists nationwide including New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.Filled with the kind of witty, discerning observations that have brought Steve Martin incredible critical success, this story of modern day love and romance is a work of disarming tenderness.
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Edit: just showed me the following quote from Steve Martin: “Some people have a way with words, and other peopleoh, uh, not have way.” Heh. I'm gonna go ahead and add that to my review here. Also, I am totes against GIFs/pics in reviews usually (because USE YOUR WORDS) but I will make an exception (b/c RuPaul and Visage): OH, what an utterly FASCINATING look into the totally important and equally fascinating stereotypes regarding heterosexual sexual relationships. Everyone in this book cou [...]
Welcome to Steve Martin's gallery of portraits!The subject is the vacuous LA social scene. First up and the focal point of the show: Mirabelle ButtersfieldMiss Buttersfield is a wallflower coming into her own. She works at a high-end clothing store. Her thoughts on romance and relationships are juvenile. Next we have a brief study onJeremy.He begins as a slacker an evolves into a more successful bit of trite pomposity. His thoughts on romance and relationships are juvenile. The next subject is a [...]
A haunting tale that I am still haunted by Martin's borderline misogynistic caricatures of women (and what he thinks we do in public restrooms (page 101)). He writes like a child who got a thesaurus for Christmas but has never read a great book, or been allowed to use the f-word, or met a woman, owned a pair of testicles (page 18), or employed an editor. Don't believe me? Check out how he named his main character: Mirabelle Buttersfield. No one is named Mirabelle Buttersfield! Unless the author [...]
I read this book out of curiosity because I'd always wondered what kind of writer Steve Martin is. (I mean, I'd used his quote "I think I did pretty well, considering all I started out with was a bunch of blank paper" for YEARS in writing classes, at the tops of syllabi, etc. I could at least see what he'd done with that blank paper.)I was pleasantly surprised. I *really* liked this novella. It was the right size for the story. I think too often writers cram a lot into a short story or stretch o [...]
Steve Martin, how I love you.But please, please, please don't write anything ever again.Kisses,LauraPS: Please stop being in movies involving the words "dozen" or "bride" in the title. K thanx.PPS: Also, if you specifically note on one page that your character does not have a couch, only a FUTON OH MY GOD HOW CLICHED IS THAT, as a really lazy way of saying she "isn't grown up yet," and then later say that a visitor to the character's apartment never saw her cat as it HID UNDER THE COUCH, serious [...]
"She knows that she needs new friends but introductions are hard to come by when your natural state is shyness." p.4"However, Jeremy does have one outstanding quality. He likes her. And this quality in a person makes them infinitely interesting to the person being liked." p.8"She is offering herself to him on the outside chance that he will hold her afterward. She feels very practical about this and vows not to feel bad if things don't work out. After all, she tells herself, she isn't really inv [...]
Mirabelle works at a boring job in the dressy glove department at Neiman Marcus, selling a product that few people stop to buy. The shy artistic woman longs for more in her life, and needs to feel loved. But the dating scene in LA is superficial and cutthroat, and she often makes unwise choices. It's hard to believe she is twenty-eight years old since she acts much younger. The novella is bittersweet and darkly humorous as Mirabelle looks for genuine love and happiness.
The story wants to be deep. It wants to paint a delicate picture of the world and wow you with its simple truths. It wants to sing straight into your heart, but it doesn't realize that it's tone deaf and, well, stupid. The only thing you can really do is pat it on the head and say, "Poor thing," and then maybe give it a piece of pie because its life will be filled with nothing but disappointment.
One imagines, easily, that Steve Martin has done some hard time in fine department stores. Perhaps he was with Bernadette Peters or Victoria Tennant, or any of the many beautiful women he's been known to escort around town; afternoon strolls that clearly included revolving doors and escalators, a hint of rich perfume in the air, the light refrain of piped-in piano, and a rack of Armani couture that called to his lady with its siren song. He has been parked, one imagines, several times in one of [...]
Steve Martin is surprisingly adept at prose. A master of the comedic genre, Mr. Martin manages without pretentiousness to imbue the story of a slightly imbalanced shopgirl, Mirabelle, a veritable everyday girl with little to do of anything, with a mirth and understanding that undercuts all of his celebrity and stand-up.Mirabelle meets both a fledgling creature Jeremy and a middle-aged millionaire Ray Porter. The short novella explores with a flat, unflinching, and sometimes almost dull eye the c [...]
Mirabelle works as a Glove clerk at the Neiman's department store in the mall in L.A. . While she is fighting off depression and questioning her self-worth, two men pursue and lust after her: a slacker named Jeremy and a rich playboy millionaire named Mr. Ray Porter. Can Mirabelle find out who loves her before she gets hurt? Read on and find out for yourself.This was the first ever book that I have read by comedian/actor Steve Martin. It was a funny and sad read. One of the parts that made me la [...]
I picked up Shopgirl at the Strand for $4.95. I had heard of it vaguely as the movie with Steven Martin in it as an adaptation of the book Steve Martin wrote. I purchased it as a book that I could take with me on vacation and have it be ultimately disposable. Sometimes this trick backfires on me as I end up really liking a book and toting it home with me regardless of my original intentions. This is not one of those times.Shopgirl tells the story of depressed, artist Mirabelle who works behind t [...]
The eponymous 28-year-old shopgirl of this book, Mirabelle, works in the stultifyingly dull job of selling gloves at Neiman's in Beverly Hills and yearns for love but isn't sure how to go about it, accepting what she can get, including the affections a well-to-do 50-year-old traveling businessman. Even though he should know better, he wants to play both ends against the middle; hurt on all sides is inevitable. There's plenty of arrested development to go around; the 50-year-old knows as little a [...]
Bored, I checked this out of the library one day, and I have to say, I found it surprisingly affecting. It's easy to sneer at Steve Martin for being a lit-pretender, but this wasn't a pretentious book in the least. It's a melancholy (not depressive), wise, and well-drawn portrait of a young woman in a sad, tender, no-strings-attached relationship with a wealthy older man who cares for her, but does not love her, and while this may sound banal, there's something extraordinary about this ability o [...]
"Just three months later, it happens to Raya 45-year-old woman uches his heart and then breaks it flat. It is then Ray's turn to experience Mirabelle's despair, to see its walls and colors. Only then does he realize what he has done to Mirabelle, how wanting a square inch of her and nor all of her has damaged them both." That's about the best quote I can pick to illustrate what this novel is like. This falls under those quietly heartbreaking pieces that I like. It's not amazing or groundbreaking [...]
This is a strange little novella and in my opinion kind of wonderful. This is not a comedy, not a novelization of Roxanne or anything like that but rather a more serious take on two lovers, one older, one younger. The story is told in three acts, but little else in this book -- not the characters, not the way events unfold -- feels Hollywoodized. Martin's narratological approach is refreshing, more Victorian than contemporary. The narrator continually intrudes into the story, explaining each cha [...]
Ack. In his zeal, perhaps, to convince the worldthat he's a serious author, Steve Martin writes a really, really terrible book. Kindly, one might call it spare, modern, zen-like; honestly, one might call it artificial, pretentious, and boring as hell. Its a coming of age novella about one emotionally crippled shopgirl named Mirabelle and her dalliances with a flake named Jeremy and a pompous older guy with the personality of a paper plate, named Ray Porter. Poor, artistic, dumb glove-selling Mir [...]
This book was a surprise to me, loaned for on-the-plane reading after I'd finished the book I'd brought on the trip.I had low expectations of the writing and the story. Both were pleasant surprises. Written in almost elegant prose, the characters in their small lives unfold. Vignettes of their lives are neat and complete, stacking on top of and inside one another, until the chain of experiences moves each character to a different place. It may seem insignificant or that the characters just drift [...]
I was in absolute awe while reading this at Steve Martins beautifully written prose and at how well he captured not one but two extremely different types of women. I cannot recommend this novella enough. Excuse me while I go search for his other books
I read and really enjoyed Martin's 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 this unabridged audio but for some reason it's not working for me. At all.I'm finding myself bored and annoyed. It's about a 28 year old woman who works in a shop selling "gloves no one wants to buy" and lives like a newly graduated college student. She's lonely and shy and wants to meet a [...]
I love Steve Martin. <---This was how I was going to begin this review. Cushioning the harsh criticism with true admiration. Before I continued ter that first line I decided I was much too harsh and I went into other reviews of this book to see how close my opinion was with the general publicd I found what I had predicted I would find. A whole bunch of people who loved his book. In between those admirers i found a few, who like me, love his work and want to make known how much they love him [...]
I re-read this during the snowstorm and liked it almost as much as the first time. I have not seen the movie, because it can't be as good as the book. I have not written down any favorite quotes, because I would have basically been transcribing the book. The novella is short and the story is quiet, with only three (maybe four) main characters. I've probably never identified with an adult character as much as I do Mirabelle (even though she suffers from clinical depression and I do not). How Stev [...]
How can a movie that seemed so horrible and so sad be such an amazing book when the novel and screen play were written by the same person? Shouldn't they be, i don't know the same? It just doesn't make sense. Anyway, this was a wonderful book. Yes, it made me cry just as much as the movie did but the book was just so much better. The book leaves you more at peace with the ending. The movie just throws the ending at you and expects you to accept it. Thankfully, my favorite movie line was in the b [...]
Shopgirl may be thin, but it's not light. Some might think that Martin, in his debut novella, would go for the easy laughs of his earlier books, Cruel Shoes and Pure Drivel. Instead he draws a stunningly lifelike portrait of a young woman, Mirabelle, and the two suitors who don't so much win her heart as force it to change alliances.There's humor--how could there not be--but it's found in characters and not situations. This is not a book populated by props who stumble into ridiculous circumstanc [...]
I decided to read Shopgirl for two reasons. The first is I just finished Steve Martin's autobiography Born Standing Up, which I really enjoyed. Based on that experience, I was curious to see what Steve Martin's fiction would be like. The second is my wife gave Shopgirl glowing reviews and recommended it to me. She rated Shopgirl "5 Stars" and told me that it is one of her favorite books. She described the book as, "quirky, but funny". I don't think the book is either. I read another review of Sh [...]
I read this before I had even heard this was going to be a movie - which is great because I was able to read it without picturing Claire Danes as Mirabella. (I thought she did a very good job in the movie - I just like reading a book and making up my own vision of the characters.)It's a simple little story really - girl is bored in a shop. Older man is taken with the girl and brings her into his life a little. When she wants more than to just be a plaything to him it dissolves. She ends up with [...]
It's a story about loneliness. The people are pretty messed up and the environment (Los Angeles) is straight up consumerism at it's worse. And despite the loneliness and the crass consumerism, the characters still strive for connections.
It's not surprising that this is funny but that it is not 'Steve Martin' funny. Instead it's subtle, wry, sensuous, observant and delicately nuanced. Martin writes well about romance and is insightful about both his male and female characters. He also made it into a movie with these strengths.
I saw the movie (based on this book) last year sometime, so I knew what to expect in terms of plot and characters. But I wish I'd read this before watching the movie, because I would have understood - not all the characters better, but Ray Porter in particular, who doesn't come off so well in the movie. Shopgirl is about a young woman, Mirabelle, who works in the glove department of Neiman's - which means she rarely ever sees a customer. She's an artist, and takes medication for depression. She [...]
Have you ever really, REALLY wanted to read something, searched ALL over for it, finally found it, and then were so genuinely disappointed by it you could almost cry?? THAT is how I feel after reading "Shopgirl". I saw the movie (with Steve Martin, Claire Danes and Jason Schwartsman, who I believe gives an amazing performance) and while being dark, sad and VERY twisted, I truly enjoyed it (if you want a truly surreal experience, rent "Shopgirl" and "stardust"(which also has a different plot line [...]
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