The Pleasure of My Company Author:Steve Martin Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38, or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasio... more »nal trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy ear plugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And a good thing too, or he would have never been falsely implicated in a murder, never almost seduced Philipa, never done the impossible task of jogging around the block with Brian, never ironed his pillows, and might never have won the Most Average American essay contest.
In the Pleasure of My Company, Steve Martin's second novel, all of the enjoyment of the critically acclaimed bestseller Shopgirl are present: the tender portrayal of loneliness and love; a character's quest to reach out and engage the world; as well as laugh-out-loud humor and language that is brilliantly inventive. But the story of Daniel Pecan Cambridge and the people who inhabit the insular universe he is seeking to expand- if only one small square at a time- Steve Martin has achieved something extraordinary; the chronicle of a modern day neurotic yearning to break free.« less