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An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin.. Sardonic wit in a morality tale? You betcha! Martin knows from art, the NY art world and unfettered ambition, and here he puts down a fable fit for our apocalyptic times. Sidesplitting, deft.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Mr. Martin, as notable for his serious art collecting as for so many other things, could not have written so knowingly about this culture without being part of it, however vicariously. How else could he describe Thursday night as “prom night for the smart set” at Chelsea galleries, “a night to be smug, cool, to dress up or dress down, and to bring into focus everything one loves about oneself and make it tangible.”."

The New York Times

"'Steve Martin doesn't feed off the audience's energy—he instills energy in the audience," the movie critic Pauline Kael once wrote. "And he does it by drawing us into a conspiratorial relationship with him." Over the past decade, Mr. Martin has diverted some of that energy into writing three rather serious novels. Are readers as prepared to collaborate in Mr. Martin's storytelling as his legions of fans were in his stand-up?."

The Wall Street Journal

Author bio: Martin was born in Waco, Texas, and raised in Southern California, where his early influences were working at Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm and working magic and comedy acts at these and other smaller venues in the area. His ascent to fame picked up when he became a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. Since the 1980s, having branched away from stand-up comedy, he has become a successful actor, playwright, pianist, banjo player, and juggler, eventually earning Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy awards. More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Martin

Book Details: General Fiction; (292 pp. Sadly, no balloon animals: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

Publisher Website: 9780446573641

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