Now for the first time in mass market, Steve Martin's New York Times bestselling novella Shopgirl is a story of modern-day love and romance told with disarming tenderness.
Beautifully written, Shopgirl is unexpectedly perceptive about relationships and life and profoundly wise when it comes to the inner workings of the human heart. Mirabelle is the "shopgirl" of the title, a young aspiring artist, beautiful in a wallflowerish kind of way, who works at the glove counter at the Beverly Hills 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 business man almost twice her age, at a time when she is frustrated by the inept fumblings and utter lack of ambition of a man her own 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.
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.