The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin

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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.
 

About Steve Martin

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Steve Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas. He studied at Long Beach State College. He has acted in such films as The Jerk; Roxanne; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Bowfinger; Father of the Bride; Cheaper by the Dozen; and Shopgirl, which was adapted from a novel he wrote. He has won an Emmy for his comedy writing and Grammies for his comedy albums. He has made several appearances on The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live. He has written several books including Shopgirl, Cruel Shoes, Pure Drivel, The Pleasure of My Company, and An Object of Beauty. He also wrote a play entitled Picasso at the Lapin Agile and a memoir entitled Born Standing Up. During the 1990s, he wrote various pieces for The New Yorker. In 2002, he adapted the Carl Sternheim play The Underpants, which ran Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company and in 2008, co-wrote and produced Traitor.
 
Published October 1, 2003 by Hachette Books. 176 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Fortunately, his grandmother back in Texas sends him money every so often: “She is the one family member who understands that my insanity is benign and that my failure to hold a job is not due to laziness.” As always in stories about a closed-off neurotic of this kind, the world in all its chaoti...

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The Guardian

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The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin Weidenfeld & Nicolson £12.99, pp256 I have always had a soft spot for Steve Martin.

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The Guardian

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The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin 165pp, Weidenfeld, £9.99 Daniel Pecan Cambridge, named for the nut, enters a contest to find the Most Average American.

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Publishers Weekly

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Martin's first novella, Shopgirl (2000), was a revelation, a compassionate yet cool, meticulously crafted tale of a young woman's affair with an older, successful man—not what most readers were expecting from the famed comic actor and author of Pure Drivel.

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Book Reporter

Elizabeth and Daniel do eventually speak in Daniel's plot to get to know her, but he inflates the significance of their "relationship" in his mind so much so that when he turns his affections elsewhere, Steve Martin, in a beautifully descriptive and funny passage, compares Clarissa (his new objec...

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Where whimsical prose and sweeping style made Shopgirl seem as place-specific and yet morally applicable as a fairy tale, Pleasure is comparatively direct, and Martin uses the book's limited perspective to define the minuteness of Daniel's world, while showing how much a minor deviation from the ...

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Entertainment Weekly

''I stared at the ceiling and wondered how I could be in love with someone whose name had no anagram,'' frets obsessive-compulsive Daniel Pecan Cambridge as he mulls a tender encounter with single mother Clarissa.

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About.com

If I get the feeling there might not be a third date, I have no qualms about moving it up to our second date, or even blurting it out on our first date right after 'hello.'" Because Cambridge is a house-bound anti-hero, The Pleasure of My Company is denied any sort of action-rich plot.

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People

The ageless Steve Martin—does he look five minutes older than he did when Jimmy Carter was President?—continues to mature as a writer.

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HSJ

Steve Martin's novel, The Pleasure of My Company describes an eccentric Daniel Pecan Cambridge.

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