An Object of Beauty (Paperback)

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Daniel Franks, an art writer, narrates the story of Lacey Yeager from their time in college together through her rise and come-uppance in New York’s art world. The “object” of title is both Lacey in her Machiavellian quest to conquer the high-end art world and the art that Lacey pursues and handles when she is at Sotheby’s and then her own gallery. The text is interspersed with photos of art which show that art endures while the heady time of the 90s art world evolved as the world changed. This newest novel by the multitalented Steve Martin is a long way from the guy with the arrow through his head but just as brilliant in its own way.

— Sydne, Atlanta

December 2010 Indie Next List

“There are two main characters in Steve Martin's impossibly smart new novel: Lacey Yeager, a gorgeous and cunning up-and-comer in the art world, who will do anything for success; and the art world itself, with all of its glitz, varied characters, and high-stakes schmoozing. I am now certain that there is nothing Steve Martin cannot write authentically about. Even those who know little about contemporary art will enjoy this novel, and they will definitely learn something along the way.”
— Kat Bailey, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Product Details
ISBN: 9780753828755
Publisher: Phoenix
Publication Date: September 1st, 2011