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3.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 5 3.42 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Martin Narrator: Steve Martin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN: 9780743563789
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Lonely and depressed, Vermont transplant Mirabelle Buttersfield, who sells expensive evening gloves nobody ever buys at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, spends her evenings watching television with her two cats. Extending her social circle, 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 more 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Steve Martin’s most achieved work to date.” 

    New York Times 

  • Shopgirl reads as smoothly and pleasurably as the novels of the late W.M. Spackman.” 

    Los Angeles Times 

  • Shopgirl is an Audrey Hepburn of a book: slim, lovely, and ever so old-fashioned.”

    People

  • “A delicate, poignant modern romance about a shy shopgirl.” 

    Time  

  • “A tender love story.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Wryly omniscient, ruthlessly truthful, Martin calls to mind Austen with an up-to-date, masculine spin.” 

    Vogue 

  • “It’s the signature combination of exhilaration and vulnerability that Martin offers us with extraordinary confidence.” 

    Elle 

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 2/20/2014

    " such an awesome story :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana Rock | 1/26/2014

    " Good but depressing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edna | 1/9/2014

    " Starting to wonder if anything in L.A. is real. I really didn't care for the book, I thought the plot was a bit meaningless. And the girl, ugh, why is she so helpless?? She was brave enough to trek to LA on her own but now she seems unable to carry on through life without the help of a man?? And the men...what a stereotype! I really do think now that those that live in LA/Hollywood are so encapsulated that they start thinking the only way to live is in a fairy tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lani | 1/9/2014

    " Lots of sex-talk and f-bombs, but I finished it because I found the main character intriguing and wanted to see how life worked out for her. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Edelhart Kempeneers | 12/31/2013

    " Oh wat een tegenvaller. Goed dat het maar 130 pagina's was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heini | 12/31/2013

    " Funny, edgy, saucy and surprising love story. I really enjoyed this book from cover to cover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hollie | 12/3/2013

    " The book was a million times better than the movie, in my humble literary opinion, even though I truly enjoy both Claire Danes and Steve Martin as actors. I suppose the best parts of the book were too subtle and intangible to translate in a cinematic sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda Sleeter | 11/29/2013

    " This book is just "okay." The writing and characters seem "stiff" and the plot is choppy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 9/3/2013

    " Steve Martin is a really good author - I should have guessed given his job as an SNL writer, but he wrote a beautiful novella in Shopgirl. I just watched the movie and it was very true to the book - I would recommend both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacie Carmody | 8/27/2013

    " I love this novella. Steve Martin captures perfectly what it is like when two very different people with two very different backgrounds find each other and how just because you love someone doesn't mean you are meant to be with them. I would read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Roche | 6/21/2013

    " Wanted to see if there were any pointers I could glean. A very pleasant, very quick read -- I appreciated the importance of change and of communication for the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 6/3/2013

    " So far, much more poignant then I would have expected. Steve Martin shows a remarkably impressive understanding of his characters, sympathetic and insightful. Beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elton | 4/18/2013

    " The ratings should have halves, I'd give this book a 3 1/2. A cute, quaint love story with a very slight dark edge that deals with depression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LuSung | 3/18/2013

    " something great about a story of people and love in its simplest form. he uses words with great wit that is both minimalistic and stylish as well as complex and abrupt. I can't wait to read "The Pleasure of My Company" to see if its more of the same. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Schibley | 1/17/2013

    " I loved this little book. Steve Martin is so talented and funny but this book is sweet and serious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jbsfaculty | 12/2/2012

    " Better than I thought it would be; not a funny book, which I had expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Graf | 11/10/2012

    " I wasn't expecting much when I opened this book, but I was surprised by how well Martin writes. And it's a good story, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 9/7/2012

    " Great book. I read this a few years ago but just bought his recent release so I am updating now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sonya Huser | 7/23/2012

    " Very pretentious with an abrupt ending. I'm not convinced Steve Martin even knows any women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Izabella Gabowicz | 7/9/2012

    " rings too true at times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jada Thompson | 6/11/2012

    " While I might not have the neuroses that the protagonist has which made it harder and harder to relate. I felt this was a well written novella. Would I tell my mom to go read it? No. I think it's a book for some and others will hate it. But hey aren't most books? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 4/23/2012

    " I love Steve Martin and enjoy (and am surprised) by the sensitivity and insight with which he writes about women. Fast easy reads, perfect when you want to be entertained and finish a book in a day. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gail | 2/4/2012

    " Ugh, I did not like this one at all! Wish I had quit reading it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 5/21/2011

    " Steve Martin is brilliant - his tone is cunning, crisp and gritty in its realism. This is an intimate, raw look into the female mind; well done! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 5/19/2011

    " This is one of my favorite books. It's a quick read (novella - 130 pages). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 5/15/2011

    " I read this quite some time ago as an audio book. I enjoyed Steve Martin's naration, but the plot of this and his other books moves forward at least as much through the 3rd person naration as it does throught the action of the characters, which is a little different. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kelli | 5/10/2011

    " One of my favorite books. It was do dark, and internal, so emotional and yet so very simple. I could hear Steve Martin's voice as I read it, it was very movie like. I read it before the movie and I loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Escapegoat | 5/8/2011

    " I want to set this book on fire. Why is this a book? Why is Steve Martin an author? Why is there no god? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 5/6/2011

    " Read this a LONG time ago. Since it was Steve Martin, I wanted it to be funnier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jinnie | 5/4/2011

    " Hard for me to describe this book. It was somehow compelling even though I didn't care for any of the character. The end was satisfying though trite and abrupt. The prose was very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaycie | 5/4/2011

    " While I love (and own) the movie, Steve Martin's novella Shopgirl is beautiful. I checked out from the library one afternoon and could not put it down (even though I already knew the story). Bravo, Steve Martin, I love you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marielle | 5/3/2011

    " Hhhhmmmmm......drawn in by Martin's writing style, put off by some of his perceptions of women. Third-person made the whole story rather fragmented. Enjoyed 'The Pleasure of My Company' (written in first person) much more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/26/2011

    " I enjoyed this novella and read it in one sitting. The characters in many ways are unlikeable, which appears to have turned many readers off, but the story is amusing and discloses many ugly truths about human behavior. "

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Author Steve Martin

Steve Martin is a legendary writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Father of the BrideParenthoodThe Spanish Prisoner, and Bringing Down the House, as well as RoxanneL.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, which was made into a movie.