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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

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Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins is a gorgeous, glamorous novel set in 1960s Italy and a modern Hollywood studio.

The story begins in 1962. Somewhere on a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and views an apparition: a beautiful woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an American starlet, he soon learns, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away in Hollywood, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot searching for the woman he last saw at his hotel fifty years before.

Gloriously inventive, funny, tender and constantly surprising, 
Beautiful Ruins is a novel full of fabulous and yet very flawed people, all of them striving towards another sort of life, a future that is both delightful and yet, tantalizingly, seems just out of reach.

REVIEWS

"Just about the perfect summer read. It is intelligent and thought-provoking, but also a lot of fun. Reading hours fly by and reaching the final page feels like a genuine wrench." ― Sunday Times

"Ambitious, large-hearted, exhilarating novel that leaves you wanting more . . . Very, very funny." ― 
The Times

"Beautiful Ruins is a novel unlike any other you're likely to read this year." - Nick Hornby

"Romantic, very funny...Turbo-charged satire meets a Garcia Marquezesque love story. What's not to like?" ― 
Daily Mail

PRODUCT DETAILS
Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 978-0670922659
Pages: 368