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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.
Publisher: 2000.
ISBN: 0786891076
Branch Call Number: FIC Marti


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CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 26, 2018

Mirabelle is a shopgirl, selling gloves at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. She meets a rich but lonely businessman named Ray. Are they both too shy to express their feelings for each other?

ArapahoeKati 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.

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.

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, 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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