A highly acclaimed L.A. fable by one of Hollywood’s greatest comics

‘Is there no end to Steve Martin’s talents? … he has shown himself in recent years to be an accomplished writer, not least with this slickly written short novel… Martin’s writing has real charm’ THE TIMES

Mirabelle works as a shop assistant in the glove department at Niemans, LA’s finest store; she also draws darkly gothic pictures at night. Adrift in the world and lonely, her situation is not improved by the fact that hardly anyone buys the kind of gloves that Niemans sell, so she spends most of her day leaning on the counter staring into empty space. There are two men in her life – Jeremy, a man who stencils amplifiers for a living, and Mr Ray Porter, an older man and millionaire who applies logic to relationships, and is serially confused and disappointed.

In this exquisitely self-contained novel, Steve Martin touches on the surface horrors of LA – the false noses, lips, breasts and people – without exaggeration or explicitly playing for laughs. It’s insightful, dark, funny and tender.