P.M. Bradshaw, August 21, 2012 (view all comments by P.M. Bradshaw)
Sad and sometimes funny, this semi-autobiographical novella by Steve Martin (yes, THAT Steve Martin) is actually very good. The book focuses more on the female protagonist, and not the older man (Martin). The older man comes off a bit pushy, a bit needy, a bit mean, which is surprising, but he comes off very, very real because of it.
A very interesting book of (somewhat) fiction from a comedian ��" a good first step into the literary world.
crowyhead, August 22, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is a frank but also gentle novel, melancholy and funny and quite lovely. I was afraid it was going to turn into one of those "free spirited young woman teaches jaded man how to live and love" type of things, and there's elements of that, definitely, but it's much less simplistic than it could have been. Martin shows a real wisdom about the way people think, and I definitely had a few shock-of-recognition moments. Good stuff.
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