Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

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HarperCollins, Apr 2, 2013 - Fiction - 352 pages
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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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Beautiful Ruins opens with a beautiful film actress arriving in Porto Vergogna, Italy in 1962. She was in the film production of Cleopatra but now she's sick and being sent away to await her lover in ... Read full review

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Beautiful Ruins opens in 1962 in the Cinque Terre of Italy in a tiny village called Porta Vergogna. A beautiful American starlet arrives at young Pasquale’s lonely hotel. He longs to see his town and ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, and Citizen Vince, the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. His short fiction has appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, and Playboy, as well as The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He lives in his hometown of Spokane, Washington.

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