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Art-gallery assistant Jane Laine, recuperating after a failed love affair, really hates her odious martinet of a boss. So she is ready to go when famed sculptor Ian Rhys--Fitzsimmons conceives a project that will take him on a six-month tour. Assigned to accompany him and take care of gallery business, Jane becomes good friends with Ian, but continues to look for love in all the wrong places. This very Bridget Jones's Diary-like chick-lit novel turns laugh-out-loud funny when Jane's parents and their schnauzers are on the scene, especially during a Christmas dinner in Santa Fe during which schnauzer Elijah is the object of a bizarre ritual called "Pass the Schnauzer." Ian is an endearing character, kind and thoughtful in spite of his renown, and he is not even taken aback when Jane's aunt suggests he convert to the Lutheran faith and take up accounting. Andy Warhol quotes at the beginning of each chapter add to the alluring art-world ambience of Pace's novel. Diana Tixier Herald
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"A funny, feel-good fairy tale set improbably in the high-powered international art world." -- Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness and Sighthound

"A funny, snappy, beauty of a read – I loved it!" -- Sarah Mlynowski, author of Milkrun and Bras and Broomsticks

"This book is GENIUS! I stayed up all night laughing hyena-style." -- Jill Kargman, co-author of The Right Address
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425200248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425200247
  • ASIN: B000BNPGCS
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,127,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ChickLitGirl on February 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Don't you love when a book leaves you smiling at the end? I can't say every book does that to me - in fact, very few do - but this novel certainly did. It turned out to be one of the sort that somehow gets under your skin and makes you think for days after reading it.

Meet Jane Laine. She works for the prominent Dick Reese gallery in New York City. At the beginning of our story she has just been dumped unceremoniously by her boyfriend Jack. She enjoys her artsy job, although Dick Reese, the gallery owner, is a complete tyrant, and at least one of her coworkers is catty and annoying. Jane holds a Master's degree in Art and usually is really good at figuring out the meaning behind each artist's piece. That is, until she comes across Ian Rhys-Fitzsimmons. Ian is known as a genius, and his work is highly regarded throughout the art world. When Jane's boss drops the bomb on her that she has to accompany Ian on a five month international art fair tour, Jane is disappointed. How is she going to promote an artist's work she doesn't even "get"? And why now, when she is trying to get her love life started back up?

Thus begins Ian and Jane's tour, which starts in England and continues on through Rome, Chicago, and many other places. Through their time spent, Jane begins to slowly learn just what it is about Ian's work that is so popular. And she begins to wonder if maybe she had someone great in front of her the whole time, but just didn't know it...

This book was a very satisfying read. It's a little difficult to pinpoint exactly what it was about this book that I liked so much. Jane as a main character was great - intelligent, down-to-earth, and funny. Ian was a great supporting character - he was very smart, polite, funny, interesting and a bit eccentric.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bearette24 VINE VOICE on March 16, 2005
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Other than a cliched boy-meets-girl, boy-cheats-on-girl beginning, this book has very few flaws. It has a somewhat slow pace that is relaxing, and folds you into the world of the book.

Each chapter starts with a fun Andy Warhol quote, and each chapter contains an interesting idea. In fact, the chapters could almost stand on their own as short stories.

Jane Laine, the main character, is smart, funny and a little uncertain of herself, while Ian Rhys-Fitzsimmons is a kind artist who doesn't let his celebrity inflate his ego. Jane Laine's boss, Dick Reese, steals many scenes as the jerk we've all worked for or worked with. Jane's mother's obsession with her schnauzers is funny.

I read in one of the other reviews that this book leaves a smile on your face, and it's true; it does.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sami Raynor on January 29, 2005
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This is one of those fantastic books that you can't put down once you start reading. If you're a fan of dogs, art, or love (and, come on, who isn't?) then you're going to adore ANDY WARHOL. Everything about this novel is fantastic. The pacing is awesome, the setting is divine (you get a world-class tour of Europe and the US), and the characters are unique and loveable. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Margaret M. Mcallister on January 14, 2005
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If you loved Harlequin romance books as a young girl, this is the grown up girl's version. All the charm, warmth and fun of those "long-ago days" of reading pleasure -- who am I kidding I still read and love them! -- with an added cosmopolitan, sophisticated air. This is the American woman's Bridget Jones.

I couldn't put the book down, couldn't wait to see what happens next, couldn't wait for the characters to fall in love. The author creates characters that are easy to love, fun to hate, and that will spark a chord with readers who will undoubtedly recognize someone they know in the personalities in the book.

This is an author with a great career ahead of her. I definitely think she is going to develop a loyal audience that will fololow her from book-to-book with eager anticipation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bethanne B on April 13, 2005
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Initially I wasnt going to buy this book because I am not a big art person, but after hearing lots of good things about this book I decided to give it a try. I loved the Andy Warhol quotes and loved the inside look at what it's like to work in the art world. I thought it would be glamorous! But what this book is really about, much more so than the art world, is about love and searching and figuring things out and I think the author was spot on with her comedy and humor. There's a lot to laugh at (oh my god these schnauzers are hysterical) and mixed in there are a fair amount of well thought out insights. I think this new writer has a great style and I am dying for the sequel!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lazy Day Gardener on March 16, 2005
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Alison Pace's If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend was a delightful surprise. I assume that it flies under the 'chick lit' banner, but it's so well written that it should appeal to readers of all ages.

Twenty-seven year old Jane Laine is the manager of a New York art gallery; she has the boss from hell, a mother with four miniature Schnauzers, a boyfriend who is about to stray, and the man of her dreams right under her nose.

Suffice it to say, I laughed aloud today in the dentist's office while reading this book. That should say it all.

I wanted to rush to the end to see the characters live happily after and the wicked get their just desserts and I hated to finish it because I loved the characters so much.

No one should miss Christmas Dinner with the anorexic schnauzer and the 'pass the schnauzer' game.
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