Friday, May 11, 2012
What I've been reading lately
Book description (from Amazon)-
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.
My thought -
I am not a Steve Martin fan, but loved Shopgirl and he wrote the screenplay for that and thought this sounded similar in style. I think I started this book with too high an expectation. I opened it with the thought, "You are going to wow me!"
The beginning was interesting enough, but the plot seemed too weak and was just woven in and out of an Art History text book. (It is very art heavy, too heavy for me, although I did at times google images of paintings or artists, which was interesting.) The chapters are very short and this means the plot is often disjointed. However, near the ending, when I feel Steve Martin spends more time on revealing his characters to his readers, I started to enjoy the novel more.I thought Lacey was a believable character, doing anything she could to make it in the money driven world that she lives in. The plot seemed to flow with more ease as the book neared the ending, although when it ended, I still wasn't sure what had happened.
I did enjoy this book. It was interesting and the context of the story was a little different, however I wouldn't rush to recommend it.SHAME!