Amorality. Steve Martin’s new novel, An Object of Beauty, presents a cast of characters in the art world, most of whom will do or say whatever is necessary to get what they want. Martin does a fine job in presenting unappealing characters and immoral behavior in ways that keep readers interested and engaged. His own experience as an art collector provides him with a perspective on the art world that helped this novel present a fully formed world. Martin develops the characters well, immerses readers into the art world, and presents perspective and insight into human behavior. Readers who like character-driven fiction are most likely to enjoy this novel, whether one likes the individual characters or not.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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