Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

Paperback | April 2, 2013

byJess Walter

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The #1 New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback—Jess Walter’s “absolute masterpiece” (Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author): the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and resurfaces fifty years later in contemporary Hollywood.

The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet. Hailed by critics and loved by readers of literary and historical fiction, Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962...and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later. 

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The #1 New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback—Jess Walter’s “absolute masterpiece” (Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author): the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and resurfaces fifty years later in contemporary Hollywood.The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national best...

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From the moment it opens—on a rocky patch of Italian coastline, circa 1962, when a daydreaming young innkeeper looks out over the water and spies a mysterious woman approaching him on a boat—Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry o...

Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the bestsellersBeautiful RuinsandThe Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalistThe Zero, andCitizen Vince, the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. His short fiction has appeared inHarper's,McSweeney's, andPlayboy, as well asThe Best American Short StoriesandTh...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:April 2, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061928178

ISBN - 13:9780061928178

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Why aren't you reading this? This book was recommended to me by one of my coworkers who shares my fascination with Old Hollywood. This is the perfect read to get you through the long winter months. Love blossoms between Pasquale, a young innkeeper and a mysterious woman who has been whisked away from set of Cleopatra in hopes of keeping her relationship with one of the major stars a secret. I could hear the water breaking along the Italian shore in 1962 and feel the bustle of a modern California movie back lot. A close to perfect read.
Date published: 2016-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Gem! I picked this up because it had been recommended to me by others and I was not expecting much more than a light summer read, but I was surprised by the depth, the story and the epic nature of it. Pasquale and Dee's story is the mirror opposite of Liz and Richard's (yes, that Liz and Richard)- meaningful and nurturing as opposed to shallow and destructive. It is a great read that won't disappoint.
Date published: 2015-07-26

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“Combines satisfying, old-fashioned storytelling with a modern sensibility.”