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An Object of Beauty: A Novel Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Martin, Steve
ISBN: 0446573655     ISBN-13: 9780446573658
Publisher: Grand Central Pub
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: November 2011
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Annotation: Lacey Yeager takes New York City's art world by storm, charming men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness and experiencing the highs and lows of the art world from the late 1990s into the present day.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Art; New York (State); New York; Fiction.
Art auctions; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Literary
Dewey: 813/.54
LCCN: 2010007885
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 6.25" W x 1.00" (1.00 lbs) 295 pages
 
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Contributor Bio(s): eve Martin is a legendary writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood, The Spanish Prisoner, and Bringing Down the House, 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 a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he has written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, and a bestselling novella, Shopgirl, which was made into a movie. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Times.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 September #4)

Martin compresses the wild and crazy end of the millennium and finds in this piercing novel a sardonic morality tale. Lacey Yeager is an ambitious young art dealer who uses everything at her disposal to advance in the world of the high-end art trade in New York City. After cutting her teeth at Sotheby's, she manipulates her way up through Barton Talley's gallery of "Very Expensive Paintings," sleeping with patrons, and dodging and indulging in questionable deals, possible felonies, and general skeeviness until she opens her own gallery in Chelsea. Narrated by Lacey's journalist friend, Daniel Franks, whose droll voice is a remarkable stand-in for Martin's own, the world is ordered and knowable, blindly barreling onward until 9/11. And while Lacey and the art she peddles survive, the wealth and prestige garnered by greed do not. Martin (an art collector himself) is an astute miniaturist as he exposes the sound and fury of the rarified Manhattan art world. If Shopgirl was about the absence of purpose, this book is about the absence of a moral compass, not just in the life of an adventuress but for an entire era. (Nov.)

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