Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

Jess Walter
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: the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 . . . and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.  “Why mince words? Beautiful Ruins is an absolute masterpiece.” —Richard Russo“A ridiculously talented writer.” —New York Times

Reviews

Reviewed: 2021-01-21
This book definitely lived up to the hype. A beautiful story with great characters that I thoroughly enjoyed. Very glad I read it, though it didn't make its way onto my favorites pile and I probably won't feel the need to reread it. Also, the audiobook was awesome; one of the best narrators I've come across.
Reviewed: 2017-01-29
This book was just so lovingly written, and it was pretty well put together (only Shane felt somewhat superfluous, and Pat was annoyingly too perfect). I was just too touched by everything, so invested, so engrossed. The audiobook narrator was amazing (only the second audiobook I've listened to really, since I only listened to the three Hunger Games books on audio otherwise). This book also touched me because of conversations I've had with people recently about the degradation (or lack thereof, in my mind) of culture these days.
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