I really enjoyed this. It's non-verbose and insightful. It seems a little clinical to me at times, though, but I guess that's to expected if you're used to the more mushy and more romantic style of other chick-lit. Interesting perspectives!
I adore Steve Martin's film work, and now am a fan of his writing. Will be sure to watch the movie now ...
The book in one sentence: Twenty-something Mirabelle, disenchanted salesgirl and aspiring artist, must make a choice between wealthy (and much older) divorcee Ray Porter or struggling musician Jeremy … in a journey about making your life choices and living with them.
Who would you recommend it to: Those who like chick lit, but don’t want the sappy stuff.
OK bits: Very interesting perspectives (male, female) on relationships.
Boring bits: I didn’t find anything especially boring. Steve Martin has a tendency to get all clinical in some of his psychoanalyzing (granted its less sappy and mushy). I don’t know how some feminists would react to the stereotype of this May-December romance.
Verdict: Read it! It’s a short but packed read!
Random ramblings: I don’t know why I have been reading a lot of chick lit lately. Though I never thought to classify this Steve Martin book as chick lit (because it’s written by a man?). And yes, Steve Martin, that Steve Martin – the comedian – wrote it.
Read also: http://januarymagazine.com/fiction/shopgirl.html
N.B. Languished as a post for months now.