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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User Review  - Amy Gennaro - Goodreads

An unusual, twisting plot that I found fascinating. A little esoteric and philosophical at times, bur excellent none-the-less. I listened to this on audible and though that the narrator was excellent ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cristina Rutter - Goodreads

A fun summer read that is also an amazing piece of fiction. I love Walter's sense of humor and bittersweet writing style, but also the incredible way he weaves all of the characters' lives together. One of the best novels I've read in a long time. 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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