Top positive review
on January 23, 2014
Bridie Clark combines elements from several time-honored genres: the one in which the educated middle class shows the upper class how to live (think It Happened One Night or The Great Gatsby); the bildungsroman, specifically the kunstlerroman, that tracks the education of a young person as she discovers herself as an artist (in this case an editor, with the editor's red pen depicted here like a paint brush); and, of course there is the New York City romance, which is as much about a turbulent love affair with a place as it is about finding that perfect guy. Ms. Clark weaves all of these different strands together seamlessly, creating a heroine who has a real girl's appetite for success, love, and pizza. We want the protagonist's ambition, her groundedness-- we even want her troubles. All this, I should add, in a book that is meant to be read on vacation. A delicious confection that you won't feel guilty devouring-- Claire (the main character) wouldn't!