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Meet "Beautiful Ruins" author Jess Walter | The Arizona Republic's August pick

08/17/2012 7:00 pm
The Arizona Republic Recommends
Changing Hands Bookstore is proud to partner with The Arizona Republic for their monthly "Republic Recommends" selections. August's pick: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

7pm, Friday August 17 • Meet Jess Walter

Jess Walter
National Book Award finalist and Edgar Award-winning author Jess Walter visits with his New York Times bestselling novel Beautiful Ruins. It's the Arizona Republic's current "Republic Recommends" selection, which means it's 25% OFF all month!

Beautiful Ruins
The story begins in 1962. 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 spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow.

Read a Randy Cordova's review of Beautiful Ruins in The Arizona Republic here »

JESS WALTER is the author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, the Edgar Award-winning Citizen Vince, Land of the Blind, and the New York Times Notable Book Over Tumbled Graves. He is also a career journalist whose work has appeared in Newsweek, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. He lives in Spokane, Washington, with his family. More »

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Beautiful Ruins (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780061928123
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Published: Harper, 6/2012
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"Why mince words? Beautiful Ruins is an absolute masterpiece."
—Richard Russo, author of That Old Cape Magic and Empire Falls

"This is a blockbuster, with romance, majesty, comedy, smarts, and a cast of thousands. There's lights, there's camera, there's action. If you want anything more from a novel than Jess Walter gives you in Beautiful Ruins, you're getting thrown out of the theater."
—Daniel Handler, author of Why We Broke Up and creator of Lemony Snicket

"A marvel, an absolute gem of a beach read that is both hilarious and heartbreaking."
Huffington Post

"A monument to crazy love... Walter [is] a believer in capricious destiny with a fine, freewheeling sense of humor."
New York Times

"A novel with pathos, piercing wit and, most important, the generous soul of a literary classic... Walter has planted himself firmly in the first rank of American authors."
Boston Globe

"A literary miracle."
—Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air

"A high-wire feat of bravura storytelling... [Walter's] mixture of pathos and comedy stirs the heart and amuses as it also rescues us from the all too human pain that is the motor of this complex and ever-evolving novel."
New York Times Book Review

"His masterpiece... an interlocking, continent-hopping, decade-spanning novel with heart and pathos to burn, all big dreams, lost loves, deep longings and damn near perfect."

ISBN-13: 9780061916052
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Published: Harper Perennial, 9/2010

Citizen Vince (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780061577659
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Published: Harper Perennial, 6/2008

ISBN-13: 9780060007942
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Published: Harper Perennial, 3/2002

Over Tumbled Graves (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780061712838
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Published: Harper Perennial, 9/2009

The Zero (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780061189432
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Published: Harper Perennial, 8/2007

Land of the Blind (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780061712845
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Published: Harper Perennial, 9/2009

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