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By Alison Pace

From Booklist wish McNeil is an artwork restorer on the Metropolitan Museum of paintings in long island urban. At 31, she thinks she might be getting married and having teenagers, yet she does not just like the man she met through on-line relationship, she has a weigh down on a coworker, and her mom and dad have requested her to make a speech at their 40th marriage ceremony anniversary party regardless of her terror of public talking. Her favourite position is Pug Hill in imperative Park, the place pug fanciers carry their canines to frolic. desire does not have her personal pug yet consistently feels revitalized simply by staring at the canines at play. Signing up for a category on overcoming presentation nervousness, desire meets quirky individuals with strange difficulties who she do not need encountered in other places and is prompted to aim to determine what she desires in existence. Pace's very leisurely chick-lit novel is at its most sensible whilst wish is surrounded through canine, and its smartly wrapped-up end does promise love. *Diana Tixier bring in* *Copyright © American Library organization. All rights reserved* evaluation there is a great comedic eye at paintings right here, and a young middle --a so much fulfilling mix. -- *Elinor Lipman, writer of **The resort at Lake Devine* and *My most up-to-date complaint*

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He leans forward, jumping in to answer, in case I’ve forgotten. “We met at the Met. ” Evan thinks it’s just easier all around to say we met at the Met. He thinks this is a nice story, and perfectly plausible, as if, on occasion, I did leave the Conservation Studio in the middle of the day, to stroll leisurely around the museum, striking up conversations with random passersby. As if Evan were the type of person to be at a museum, which he isn’t, ever, let alone in the middle of the workweek, which is when, ostensibly, I would have been there, you know, making new friends left and right.

Not even one. I lean back against the bench, hoping it might help me not sink under the heavy weight that is the gravity of the situation. I close my eyes. There are no pugs at Pug Hill. Not today, I think. Today is not the day I want to learn that there aren’t always pugs at Pug Hill. I don’t want this knowledge. What I want is to go back in time; back to before there was a speech, back to when I lived in a world where the pugs would be here any instant I needed them. I guess I’ve just never thought about it before.

Hey,” he says, his voice softer, sweeter than it generally is. Claire. Right, there’s that. There’s Claire. Maybe I should have mentioned it. There’s another thing about the impossibility of there ever being a Hope and Elliot, the happy couple so destined to be together, so clearly, clearly right for each other. Other than the fact that I have a boyfriend, and the fact that Elliot generally doesn’t notice me, there is the fact that Elliot has a girlfriend, Claire. Claire. Claire. Anyone who grew up in the eighties, anyone who was raised on John Hughes movies knows that Claire is a fat girl’s name.

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