Beautiful Ruins (Prebound)

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This novel is a treat — especially for those who enjoy writers whose craft and ability allow them to create a cast of characters whose stories initially seem to be totally distinct and unrelated to each other, but by the end have been brilliantly and perfectly integrated. Writing with humor, compassion, intelligence and charm, Jess Walter has given us a unique and memorable gift of a novel.


July 2012 Indie Next List

“In 1962, a young Italian innkeeper unwittingly ends up taking part in the Hollywood 'clean up' of a love affair on the set for the film Cleopatra. Fast forward to present day Los Angeles; Pasquale Tursi shows up at the studio of a legendary Hollywood producer to find out the fate of the actress he met so briefly, so long ago. The 'beautiful ruins' refer not only to the stunning descriptions of the Italian coastline, but also to the winding path a life can take and the sweet middle ground that we sometimes discover when our dreams don't pan out.”
— Sarah Harvey, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO

Product Details
ISBN: 9780606356671
ISBN-10: 0606356673
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2013
Pages: 337
Language: English
Series: P.S.