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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.. There's a lot to be said for any book that opens with a movie star's semi-cognito arrival on sun-soaked Italian coast, but when the mystery confounds both time and geography before it's run its course, and the human heart gets as kinked and thrilled as here, you'll be glad you read.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Parts of Jess Walter’s mosaic novel “Beautiful Ruins” take place in a remote Italian coastal town in 1962. Other pieces can be found in present-day Hollywood. Still others are scattered in Edinburgh; Seattle; and Florence, Italy, not to mention Portland, Ore.; Truckee, Calif.; and Sandpoint, Idaho. “Beautiful Ruins” also includes wittily wrought excerpts from its various characters’ writings, among them a novel, a memoir, a play and a movie pitch. The screenplay idea is about the Donner party (“Donner!”). It might just be the worst screenplay idea Hollywood has ever known."

The New York Times

"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 bio: 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 lives in Spokane, Washington, with his family. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (337 pp. Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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