Steve Martin's "An Object of Beauty"

I always find it interesting when famous people try to distance themselves from whatever it is that made them famous in the first place. Angelina has her humanitarian work, Woody Allen has his career as a clarinetist. Steve Martin is a part-time writer. He has already published two novellas and several works of non-fiction. An Object of Beauty is his newest novel. It follows the career of a young woman (herself portrayed as something of a 3-D object of beauty and magnetism) up the ranks of the New York art market, giving the reader a glimpse of the oft-unseen financial and interpersonal intricacies of the high end art world. Martin has a conversation about his new novel with interview master Charlie Rose here.

The book contains several reproductions of the paintings which figure in the narrative.

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