The Pleasure of My Company

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The Pleasure of My Company
The Pleasure of My Company.jpg
AuthorSteve Martin
Cover artistDoyle Partners
CountryUnited States
Publication date
October 1, 2003
Published in English
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages176 pp
813/.54 21
LC ClassPS3563.A7293 P57 2003
Preceded byShopgirl (2001) 
Followed byBorn Standing Up (2007) 

The Pleasure of My Company is a novel by Steve Martin, first published in 2003, which tells the story of the life of Daniel Pecan Cambridge, an introverted young man with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The novel revolves around Daniel, his obsessions, and his interactions with the world around his home in Santa Monica, California.


Daniel Pecan Cambridge is the book's protagonist. Daniel has obsessive-compulsive disorder, and thus acts out compulsive behaviors such as stepping over cracks in the sidewalk.

Elizabeth Warner is a real estate agent whom Daniel falls in love with from afar.

Zandy is a pharmacist at the local Rite Aid whom Daniel develops a crush on before he meets her.

Daniel's grandmother is a kind, wealthy woman who sends him letters and checks throughout the novel.

Philipa is an intelligent and attractive actress who lives upstairs from Daniel with her boyfriend Brian and her dog Tiger. She is one of Daniel's closest friends.

Brian is Philipa's athletic boyfriend. Daniel is indifferent to him at first, but eventually they become friends.

Clarissa a college student who is studying to become a psychologist. She meets with Daniel twice a week to evaluate him, but their relationship becomes more personal.


Steve Martin stated in an interview with that if The Pleasure of My Company is made into a film, he would like Ashton Kutcher to play Daniel.