Beautiful Ruins: A Novel by Jess WalterBeautiful Ruins: A Novel by Jess Walter

Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

byJess Walter

Paperback | April 2, 2013

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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. 

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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Title:Beautiful Ruins: A NovelFormat: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 Very Enjoyable This entertaining novel weaves together the storylines of characters who are not quite what they wanted to be in their lives. A WWII veteran adjusting to post-war life, an American actress caught up in the Hollywood machine, an Italian hotel owner, an assistant to a has-been movie producer, a charming but faded musician and a wannabe screenwriter connect in surprising ways, with plenty of humour mixed with the nostalgia.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Serviceable, but overrated. I found this book to be rather disappointing. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't particularly noteworthy either. I found it to be just a bit too far-fetched. It was somehow both too fast-paced and too slow, simultaneously - the author tries to write about way too much and from far too many perspectives in under 350 pages, but I still ended up finding it to be a rather slow read. I was obviously interested enough to finish the book, but only just, having taken a good three weeks to power through something that should have taken me no more than two days. The writing itself was solid, I suppose, but it fell rather flat for me and I just can't see where all of these 4-star reviews are coming from. Frankly, I can't work up enough positivity or negativity about this book to say all that much about it - this review is roughly as uninspiring as I found the book. If I had to describe this book in a single word, I would choose "serviceable" - it does the job, but it's nothing to write home about.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light summer read This was a great, light summer read. Wonderful characters, some laugh-out-loud moments.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good Well written insightful l novel.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining A well written read, it jumps around from each character quite a bit and I found it a bit downer at times but enjoyed the storyline between Pasquale and Dee.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great! Good book, interesting storyline, definitely perfect for a girls night in! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-04
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

Editorial Reviews

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