Friday, November 12, 2010

Shopgirl by Steve Martin

Mirabelle works at Neiman Marcus selling fancy gloves when she meets rich, middle-aged Roy Porter.  The two begin a relationship that has a lasting effect on both.
He never complicates a desire by overthinking it, unlike Mirabelle, who spins a cocoon around an idea until it is immobile.  p.10
What better way to compliment a book than to close it and sigh?  That is exactly what I did for this novella.  It was a very thoughtful and insightful book about one woman trying to become an adult and deal with adult relationships.  I wouldn't say there were lessons to be learned about life in general because it is a very focused book.  I will say that watching Mirabelle learning harsh lessons about life and love was a profound experience.  Martin accomplished a lot in 130 pages, managing to capture the right tone and emotion of the situation between Roy Porter and Mirabelle as well as exploring how these two people made a connection at all.  It was a sweet book, a bit sad, and very engrossing

Hogwarts: Muggle Studies
November Novella


  1. Sounds great! I haven't read this, but the movie adaptation was very good.

    I enjoyed another novel Martin wrote (can't think of the title right now but I listened to it on audio).


  2. I read this last year for the November Novella Challenge. I really liked it, and didn't expect to. I recently read Steve Martin's autobiography, which was also quite good.


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