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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,972 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Martin Narrator: Campbell Scott Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York City art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby’s and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights and, at times, the dark lows of the art world, as well as of the country, from the late 1990s through today. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Martin compresses the wild and crazy end of the millennium and finds in this piercing novel a sardonic morality tale.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A character study, a light mystery, and an entertaining look at a world that few people see up close.”  


  • “Thoroughly engaging.” 


  • “An artfully told tale.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the December 2010 Indie Next List
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by James Kovach | 2/14/2014

    " An interesting look at the rise and fall of America and, specifically, New York over the last 25 years or so, as seen through the eyes (indirectly) of a self-absorbed socialite and art expert, Lacey Yager. Well and concisely written, though I had a hard time feeling any empathy for any of the characters in the story, save perhaps for the narrator. But I think maybe that was one point of the book. It gives the art scene an air of something I'd always assumed it was: a farce. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eileen | 2/11/2014

    " With a touch of Gatsby, this was an introduction to the world of art and collecting. Very interesting. Steve Martin is a special talent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Trish | 2/10/2014

    " Love Steve Martin. this wasn't his best, but deffinately worth readiing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Maura | 2/2/2014

    " I picked this up before getting on a plane and read 2/3 of it. I used to work in art galleries and so I think this book would appeal most to folks who have "a thing" for art, even if you don't own anything "valuable." But by the time the plane landed, there wasn't one character in the book that I cared a wit about. I totally lost interest and am unable to finish it. I do very much like Martin's style of writing but the character development was just 'meh'..... "

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