Martin is a great writer, and manages to blend humor with the serious subject of loneliness. He never gives Mirabelle too much credit, but he never dismisses her, either. He writes with a remarkable amount of tenderness. The characters that filled this book (only three, besides Mirabelle) were neither celebrated or ridiculed, instead just came into their own, on their own terms. It's very rare that characters in a book can step out of the pages and breathe, but Martin makes that happen.
I'm not sure what else to write, because I don't want to spoil the book. I would highly recommend it. It's a quick read, and it's not exactly a joyous one, but you will find it hard to put down this book.
What did you think of this review?
The mutual incomprehension, psychological damage, and sheer vacuity practiced by all four of Martin's characters sees Shopgirl veer rather uncomfortably between a comedy of manners and a much darker work. There are some startling passages of description and interior monologue, but the...