Shopgirl

Shopgirl

eBook - 2000
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A bestselling novella about the love life of a shopgirl who works at the Neiman Marcus glove counter, written by one of our country's most acclaimed and beloved entertainers. Mirabelle, the shopgirl of the title, is a young woman, beautiful in a wallflowerish kind of way. 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. Beautifully written, this novella reveals a different side of Martin, one that is unexpectedly perceptive about relationships and profoundly wise when it comes to the workings of the human heart. It is the work of a gorgeous writer capable of being at once melancholy and tart, achingly innocent and astonishingly ironic --Elle
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780786871612
078687161X
9780786871650
0786871652
Characteristics: 1 online resource (130 p.)

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AL_KATI 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.

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modestgoddess
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.

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smichal
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 age...wtf?), 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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