As someone who loves art and a good book, I entered this novel with higher expectations. And while Steve Martin has a nice range of vocabulary and describes the paintings very well, I found the novel lacked the sort of spark that hooks a reader in. I actually had to put the novel down half-way through because it's too bland. I don't see the progression in the plot, I actually seems to read more like a non-fiction book and less like a novel about a girl in the art industry. But hey, that's just my opinion. I wish I could like this novel, but it was too dry for my taste.