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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; First Trade Edition edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425221431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425221433
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,847 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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Hi. I'm the author of the novels IF ANDY WARHOL HAD A GIRLFRIEND, PUG HILL, THROUGH THICK AND THIN, CITY DOG and A PUG'S TALE, and of an essay collection, YOU TELL YOUR DOG FIRST. I live in New York City where I teach creative writing (and I'm working on another book.)

For some more about me and my writing, please visit my website at alisonpace.com or say hi on facebook.com/alisonpacebooks.

Customer Reviews

It's a fun, fast read that will keep you laughing and smiling throughout.
Robin Epstein
The book was narrated in alternating chapters by the writer, Amy, her dog, Carlie, and one of her fictional characters.
Jennifer
Still haven't finished the book because I completely lost interest during the first few pages.
G. Merkel

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin Epstein on September 4, 2008
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!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessie Rose on September 4, 2008
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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Schoenbrun on November 9, 2008
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By happy reader on October 13, 2008
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leah Graham on April 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
After leaving her ex-husband Jonathan, Amy Dodge thought she'd write the Next Big American Novel. Instead she's the author of the highly popular children's series Run, Carlie, Run starring her very own West Highland Terrier Carlie and the fictional Robert Maguire. When Carlie is offered her own TV show, Amy starts to feel a stranger in her own life. Can Amy claw her way back into Carlie's life and can she start to re-love New York City again?

The book opens with Amy on a date, a date which doesn't work out due to the man's use of a verb (you have to read it to get it). Amy then tells us all about how she met her now-ex-husband Jonathan. Then, as Amy's date finally ends, we meet Carlie. Cue point of view change to Carlie, West Highland Terrier extraordinaire. From then on the book changes points of view intermittently as Carlie becomes a TV star in the making. The book is all told in the first person and we have three narratives: Amy (human), Carlie (Westie) and Robert Maguire (fictional Scottish hero).

You may be slightly confused and wondering why on Earth a dog and a fictional hero would be narrating a novel, but trust me, it works. In fact Carlie's insights made the book for me. I have a Westie and could imagine my dog, Suki, thinking everything Carlie thinks and says. Robert Maguire didn't really work for me, I thought that was a stretch too far, but it didn't hinder my enjoyment of the book. Amy was the more prominent of the three narratives but for me it was Carlie who stole the show. The relationship between Amy and Carlie was wholly believeable - if you have a dog, you'll know - and that's the kind of relationship we have with our two dogs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Michalek VINE VOICE on November 20, 2008
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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