Through Thick and Thin

Through Thick and Thin

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by Alison Pace

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Stephanie is an overwhelmed stay-at-home mom with a six-month-old. Her sister, Meredith, on the other hand, is hitting the two-year mark without a boyfriend-or even a decent date-but has a successful career as a food critic. Sometimes it seems the only thing these sisters share is their mutual desire to lose weight, so they decide to do it together. But will the


Stephanie is an overwhelmed stay-at-home mom with a six-month-old. Her sister, Meredith, on the other hand, is hitting the two-year mark without a boyfriend-or even a decent date-but has a successful career as a food critic. Sometimes it seems the only thing these sisters share is their mutual desire to lose weight, so they decide to do it together. But will the strong desire for sisterhood outweigh their equally strong desire for comfort foods?

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Pace (Pug Hill ; If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend) delivers an endearing third novel about two sisters and their quests for companionship and an effective diet. Meredith Isley is very single and not so skinny. She's a restaurant critic for The NY magazine and finds in haute cuisine what she has trouble finding in romance: satisfaction. Across the Hudson, Meredith's sister, Stephanie, is a married new mother who was skinny growing up, but hasn't yet lost her pregnancy weight. Stephanie, too, fights her own loneliness and tries to survive motherhood and a troubled marriage. When both sisters decide to diet, what they gain, instead of pounds, is, not surprisingly, sometimes trite insight. Meredith's work begins to suffer, but a four-legged addition to her life heralds change. By craftily portraying the balancing act between work and play, family (be it four-legged or two) and friends, and food and fasting, Pace doesn't capture anything revolutionary; rather, she writes the ordinary well. (Aug.)

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Two sisters with very different lifestyles come together, then fall apart, when they team up to try and lose weight. Anxious to shed pounds after the birth of her first child, New Jersey stay-at-home-mom Stephanie Cunningham recruits her New York restaurant critic sister Meredith to go on the Zone diet with her, figuring they can support each other, as they always have. City gal Meredith, who, unlike her sister, has been heavy her whole life, is anxious to slim down, especially after seeing an ex-flame whom she suspects dumped her because of her weight. But this quest is especially daunting for Meredith, who loves-and needs-food so much. She is, after all, very good at her job. The two begin well enough, but issues much bigger than dieting rear their head after Stephanie discovers that her enviably handsome and athletic husband Aubrey has a prescription drug habit. Devastated by this information, but not ready to share it with the somewhat self-absorbed Meredith, Stephanie has a falling out with her sister. This hiatus forces both to face stark realizations about themselves. Stephanie wonders if, even after rehab, she can still love her husband, and Meredith discovers how her type-A habits and unrealistically high expectations have been exacerbating her loneliness. Stephanie also goes on Weight Watchers, while Meredith adopts a remarkably soulful little dog and asks out her equally adorable new yoga instructor Gary. That Gary is a far cry from the lawyers and "junior tycoons" Meredith has long hoped for feels less important than finding someone who accepts her as she is. That the girls cannot stay estranged forever is a forgone conclusion, but it is still gratifying when "perfect" oldersister Stephanie admits that she is anything but, then reaches out to her long-time confidant. Shot through with the melancholy of having to make adult choices, Pace's latest (Pug Hill, 2006, etc.) has its share of bright spots. Sensitive and knowing exploration of the trickiness-and value-of meaningful relationships.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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 been included 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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Through Thick and Thin 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Last year I read and reviewed Alison Pace's novel 'Pug Hill,' a book which I adored. I was thrilled to receive a copy of her new novel, 'Through Thick and Thin,' in my mailbox. Again, Pace didn't disappoint. From the first chapter I was connected to the characters, and was invested in the story through the duration. The story is that of two sisters. Meredith is a successful NYC restauant critic while her older sister Stephanie lives her picture perfect life the nice house, the perfect husband, the beautiful new baby. The sisters have always been close, but lately Meredith is starting to fear that they have little to nothing in common anymore. Unbeknownst to Meredith, Stephanie's life is far from perfect--while Meredith struggles with some self confidence issues, Stephanie is battling several demons of her own. Both are a long way from being content with their lives. On an afternoon visit, Stephanie explains to Meredith that she is about to start a new diet, an effort to rid herself of those unwanted pregnancy pounds. In an effort to forge a connection of any sort with her sister, Meredith decides to try the diet as well. The story has a little bit of everything thrown in: diets, a wire haired daschund, yoga, drug addicts, lonliness, love and a journey of inner growth. It can all be found in the pages of 'Through Thick and Thin.' As with 'Pug Hill,' Alison Pace writes with wit and humor I chuckled several times as I read the story. Her characters are endearing, and you find yourself rooting for their success...whether it be in losing a few pounds, or figuring out how to be happy in their own skin--you want to see them get there. I really enjoyed it. Alison Pace has a very promising career ahead of her.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Manhattan resident Meredith would argue she is the exception to the swinging single rule as she has not had a date in a couple of years. She loves her job as a restaurant critic, but the food does not do her waistline any good although she admits to herself she always had a weight issue even as a child. In Ridgewood, New Jersey Meredith¿s sister, Stephanie is a married stay at home mother of a six month old with a spousal problem involving abuse of painkillers. Unlike ¿Meres¿ she was always skinny as a child, but the weight gain from her pregnancy has not gone away. Although she belongs to a mommy group, she feels lonely and finds food as a solace. When Meres and Steph talk, they form a pact to form a sister diet group to lose the excess weight. However, as each begins to be there for the other like they somewhat did as kids, they find the weight hard to lose but the renewed sibling friendship worth the price of dieting. --- This interesting contemporary tale stars two likable sisters who learn life lessons about the need of balance between one¿s personal and professional lives. The entertaining story line contains an underlying perception about the negative correlation between aging and weight loss once the duet understand how much more difficult it gets and will get, the real reason they made their pact is a deep need for camaraderie. THROUGH THICK AND THIN is a well written look at the pressures of work vs. that of family. --- Harriet Klausner