Review of Pug Hill

Pug Hill is New York chick-lit with dogs on the side. Well-written, Alison Pace's Pug Hill will be welcomed by mainly female readers who want...

Joy  |  Jun 13th 2006


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Pug Hill is New York chick-lit with dogs on the side. Well-written, Alison Pace’s Pug Hill will be welcomed by mainly female readers who want to vicariously experience living, dating and dreaming in New York, including the absence of living with dogs.

If Woody Allen’s sister was the character played by Ally Sheedy in the 1985 film, “The Breakfast Club,” Pug Hill might be a slice of her life as she entered her 30’s. It has a distinctly Allenish feel of New York and New Yorkers. It also has a number of scenes in a public speaking class that remind me of “The Breakfast Club” with its small group of diverse people thrown together for a short period of time. As for dogs, the dogs play mainly iconic roles, urging the main character Hope on to a better acceptance of herself.

So if you’re looking for a relatively short but entertaining trip through New York life as a dogless, unmarried, angst-ridden 31-year-old female with a good job as an art restorer with the Museum of Art, check out Pug Hill. It does have a happy ending (I’m not giving anything away) and the dialogue is very true-to-life.

This is author Alison Pace’s second novel. Alison Pace is the author of the novel, If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend , and is a contributing editor at The Bark magazine.

Alison Pace

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