Synopses & Reviews
Steve Martin's "gifts for subtlety and slyness compare to those of the finest comic novelists" (People) and his latest New York Times bestseller--a witty and tender tour de force--is now in paperback!
Shopgirl revealed the novelist in Steve Martin--witty, tender, intelligent, and passionate about his craft. And with the successful publication of The Pleasure of My Company, his reputation as one of our most gifted writers has been confirmed. Here, the reader is introduced to Daniel Pecan Cambridge, whose life is full and rich--but only within the confines of his Santa Monica apartment. Daniel's pathological obsession with street curbs and gas station attendants wearing blue hats may prevent him from venturing into the world outside of his window, but not from pursuing romance in his own peculiar way.
Meticulously constructed, laugh-out-loud funny, and brilliantly inventive, Steve Martin's chronicle of a modern-day neurotic yearning to break free has touched more than 200,000 readers. Now in paperback, thousands more can have the pleasure of discovering his most delightful novel to date.
"[A]n impressively economical and yet by no means limited piece of light comedy....[G]enuinely funny and surprisingly touching....As compassionate as it is funny, and never overstays its welcome." Kirkus Reviews
"For every half-dozen funny Martinesque riffs and physical-comedy sketches, there is a quiet and tender soliloquy....This time out, Martin allows himself to be stand-up, arrow-through-the-head funny..." Elinor Lipman, Book Magazine
"[F]unnier than Shopgirl but put together just as smartly, if very differently....[A] delight, embodying a satisfying story arc, a jeweler's eye for detail, intelligent pacing and a clean, sturdy prose style." Publishers Weekly
"[E]ven more accomplished [than Shopgirl]....Martin's trademark humor is guaranteed to have readers laughing hard, but there is also a great deal of sweetness here and a real affection for his characters." Kristine Huntley, Booklist
"Though the echo of Mr. Martin's oral comic delivery helps to animate Daniel's complaints, in fact they have little interest and grow repetitive very quickly....[T]he slack, meandering quality of this story comes as a surprise." Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Steve Martin's tender morsel of a second novel....At first, The Pleasure of My Company seems unlikely to amount to more than a conglomeration of moments and observations, which, however droll or moving they may be, do not a novel make. But Martin pulls it together: The Average American contest, a death in the family and a crisis in the personal life of one of Daniel's friends propel him toward the change he both dreads and needs. This is too good a man to go to waste, but it will take the world a while to figure that out..." Laura Miller, Salon.com
"[O]ne of the funniest books of the year...Martin's writing shows enormous depth and grace. It's one of the many surprising elements that make this one of the most enjoyable books of the year." Oregonian
"[H]ard-bitten and hard-boiled readers beware: Martin's a softie at heart....[E]ssentially the same book about healing broken people that Shopgirl was, just a bit funnier and with its heart more prominently on its sleeve." David Kipen, The San Francisco Chronicle
"The depth and breadth of Martin's talent is mind-boggling....[A]n unexpected gem that works on several levels. Daniel's interior monologues are sharply funny, but the story also evokes compassion." Robin Vidimos, The Denver Post
From the bestselling author of Shopgirl
comes the tender story of a troubled man who finds love, and life, in the most unexpected place.
Daniel resides in his Santa Monica apartment, living much of his life as a bystander: He watches from his window as the world goes by, and his only relationships seem to be with people who barely know he exists. He passes the time idly filling out contest applications, counting ceiling tiles, and estimating the wattage of light bulbs.
It is through Daniel's growing attachment to Clarissa, and to Teddy, that he finally gains the courage to begin to engage the world outside, and in doing so, he discovers love, and life, in the most surprising places.
Filled with his trademark humor, tenderness, and out and out hilarious wordplay, The Pleasure of My Company is a tour de force sure to delight all of Steve Martin's fans.
Martin's "gifts for subtlety and slyness compare to those of the finest comic novelists" (People), and his latest New York Times bestseller — now in paperback — is his most delightful novel to date.
About the Author
Steve Martin is a celebrated writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood, and The Spanish Prisoner, as well as Roxanne, L.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 the play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he has written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, and the bestselling novella Shopgirl, which was made into a major motion picture. His work appears frequently in the New Yorker and the New York Times. He lives in New York City and Los Angeles.