Steve Martin's brilliance is evident from the way he has conducted his multifaceted career. He is an actor, comedian, banjo
player, and storyteller. In his third novel, An Object of Beauty, Martin tells the story of Lacey Yeager. Lacey is a narcissist. She exploits her professional peers, clients, and higher-ups,
not to mention her lovers, family, and friends. Lacey is fearless and ambitious. During her on-the-job education in art, she
begins to use paintings in the same way she uses people. She finds that everything seems to have a price, and she transforms
objects of beauty into objects of value.