An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

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Read An Object of Beauty Online Free - Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the NYC art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights--and, at times, the dark lows--of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

Title : An Object of Beauty
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ISBN : 0446573647
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Kelly rated it ★★★☆☆

June 22, 2011

About three-quarters of the way through this, I decided this book reminded me of something. The question of what it was started to bother me more than actual questions arising from the novel. At first, I thought it must be its resemblance to other novels written by smart men about fascinating, te...

Diane rated it ★★★★☆

August 20, 2016

This novel is gorgeous, both in prose and in presentation. An Object of Beauty is the story of Lacey Yeager, a young woman who is determined to succeed in the New York art world. Lacey can be cunning and manipulative, working her way up from the basement of Sotheby's to owning her own gallery, and...

Mon rated it ★★★☆☆

August 25, 2011

Here's the million dollar question: Without googling the respective of the below artworks, what do you think is the similarity between them? First off, paintings! Now sculptures. Ok I'm tired, I originally planned to do an installation, mixed media art compa...

Danny rated it ★★☆☆☆

April 24, 2011

As a giant Steve Martin fan, and one who loved his novels "Shopgirl" and "The Pleasure of My Company," I found his newest novel absolutely disappointing. Taking place in the stuffy New York City world of fine art collecting and dealing, "An Object of Beauty" follows Lacey Yeager through her nearly...

Betsy rated it ★★★★★

September 01, 2016

This is a compelling character portrait in the guise of an art caper, that simultaneously delivers a rich cultural history of the art world and its zoo of bombastic players in the competitive sport of collecting and selling. An Object of Beauty recounts the dramatic vicissitudes from the late 199...

Shorty rated it ★★★★★

July 26, 2016

what an amazing novel. Martin wrote with a beautifully prosaic voice, and kept me spellbound throughout. I highly recommend this novel, if not for the characters, story line, or art history lesson, then for the pictures, which I loved him adding. It sure saved me time from Googling them online, i...

TL rated it ★★★☆☆

February 13, 2017

Picked this up at my library where they had 'blind date with a book' by the front door. Each one had the first lines of the book printed on the card. --- The opening paragraph for this one caught my eye right away: I am tired, so very tired of thinking about Lacey Yeager, yet I worry that unless I...

Claire rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 04, 2013

Given my limited amount of money, I always read a ton of reviews (NOT on amazon) before I buy a book, so it was with some measure of disappointment that I noticed that Steve Martin's latest had a number of very mixed reviews, with the majority of them being negative. I bought it anyway. I loved S...

Brian rated it ★★★★☆

November 29, 2010

The working title for this could have easily been N.Y. Story, which is a little bit of a surprise from the very-Californian Steve Martin. The book is a tour through close to two recent decades of NYC life, as seen through the prism of the city's art world. At times it seems like the art history l...

Melanie rated it ★★★☆☆

December 21, 2015

I would give this 2.5 stars if possible but rounded up to three. I came soooo close to abandoning this one. For the first half I felt like there wasn't much plot. It's a story about a woman living in NYC involved in the business of buying and selling art. She is not a likeable person. Very narcis...

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