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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (Sept. 2 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425221431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425221433
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2 x 20.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,008,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alison Pace is the author of the novels If Andy Warhol Had A Girlfriend, Pug Hill, Through Thick And Thin, and City Dog. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies including Howl: A Collection Of The Best Contemporary Dog Wit. She lives in New York City where she is at work on another book.

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Format: Paperback
Unfortunately this single girl tale didn't grab me as much as I would have liked. I'm not sure I'm the best judge though, having not only recently separated from my husband but left my dog with him as well, and I found myself struggling with this chick lit novel.

The concept of three narrators was interesting and I laughed at the Carlie's narration, amused because I could just picture the doggie thoughts racing and distracted. Alison Pace definitely has the doggie antics down. But I wasn't sure about Robert McGuire's narration. I found myself jumped out of the flow of the novel, which Carlie's also did, but I was more amused with the doggie thoughts than those of Amy's fictional character.

I also grew tired of Amy's lack of movement forward. She came across as very depressed and with it being three years after her marriage dissolved, I wanted to shake her to get it together (and prayed this won't be me in three years - see, maybe not the best judge). I didn't feel much connection to her, or any of the other characters really and wasn't sure about her love interest, nor did I feel much of a connection even between them.

In the end, I was left with how wonderful doggie love is and how much I missed my dog, but didn't take away much else from this novel - except maybe how I don't want to be in the same place as Amy three years from now!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Great Read Sept. 4 2008
By Robin Epstein - Published on
Format: Paperback
This funny, touching page turner is one of those books you try to force yourself to read more slowly because you don't want the ride to end. Pace's gift for storytelling, her deeply charming characters and her witty dialogue are on full display in this novel, and I didn't want to put the thing down until I learned what happened to Amy, the book's winning protagonist and her spirited dog, Carlie. (Though it wasn't the ending I expected, the character made a great and admirable choice--how refreshing!)

The author excels at creating characters who feel like friends. They're people you'd want to hang out with, people you root for. Who doesn't know the woman who runs into her crush just after her dog has vomited on her shirt? (Or who isn't that person herself?) Still, Pace's characters aren't caricatures. They're funnier than most folks I know, yes, but she keeps them grounded in the wonderful and flawed details of real life.

I loved CITY DOG. I think it's a book for fans of romantic comedy, for fans of dogs and "dog people," and for fans of great writing. It's a fun, fast read that will keep you laughing and smiling throughout.

In short, buy it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Alison Pace's best book yet! Sept. 4 2008
By Jessie Rose - Published on
Format: Paperback
What a great book! City Dog combines a compelling story, endearing characters and a creative writing style that makes it a unique, fun, and fast paced read. There are 3 narrators in the book, one of whom is the City Dog herself! In a stroke of brilliance, Pace enters into the mind of the pup and brings her to life with such enthusiasm and humor you just have to keep reading. The book tackles some difficult topics as the main character seeks purpose in her life, but it's done in a way that inspires rather than depresses.
I've read and loved all of Pace's novels, but this one takes her to a new level. If you're looking for a great weekend read, definitely buy this book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Oct. 13 2008
By happy reader - Published on
Format: Paperback
A writer in New York City deals with her pooch's success and her own disappointments. I enjoyed City Dog so much, from start to finish. This story of a woman and her dog making their way through life in New York City was funny and light-hearted but also dealt with some more serious issues, too like figuring out the life you are supposed to lead. The story was told from the point of view of three narrators: the writer, her famous dog, and one of the writer's fictional characters. I thought it was done really well, and each voice was distinct. I loved the chapters narrated by the Westie, Carlie. They were so adorable. I recommend this book to dog-lovers and lovers of thoughtful romantic comedies and charming fiction.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
mild fun Nov. 9 2008
By J. Schoenbrun - Published on
Format: Paperback
it's a mildly pleasant read but a little slow. not a book I couldn't put down. I put it down quite a few times before I finished. the best chapters by far were the ones actually narrated by the dog. at this pace excels.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
City Fun Nov. 20 2008
By L. Michalek - Published on
Format: Paperback
Who wouldn't love a novel that is centered on a cute and funny White Terrier? My neighbors have two and they have such wonderful personalities but, back to Alison's wonderful novel, "City Dog." This novel is very unique in that Alison uses various view points to relay her messages throughout the novel. Even Carlie (the main character, Amy's Terrier) has her turn at telling the story. These individual and unique viewpoints pulled me through Amy and Carlie's experiences as I was interested in what each individual character thought about the events in the novel.

Our main character Amy, works through many real-life situations as she struggles with independence and finding herself and her direction in life. Amy is a very relatable character in which a young woman would easily share the very same interpersonal struggles. It takes Amy quite a while with many different experiences to gain self esteem and realize that she is a strong independent woman. At the conclusion of the novel, Amy is a confident young woman who has finally found her life direction and acts on her self-discoveries.

I truly enjoyed experiencing and working through Amy and Carlie's situations, but was especially happy that Amy had found inner peace at the end of this novel.

As a side note for Alison - I hope the "Carlie" children's books are in the works because I know for a fact my kids would love to read the adventures of Carlie and Robert Maguire!

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