By Jess Walter
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061928178, 368pp.)
Publication Date: April 2013
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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.
Jess Walter is the author of the national bestseller "The Financial Lives of the Poets", the National Book Award fine Financial Lives of the Poets", the National Book Award finalist "The Zero", the Edgar Award-winning "Citizen Vince", "alist "The Zero", the Edgar Award-winning "Citizen Vince", "Land of the Blind", and the "New York Times" Notable Book "OLand of the Blind", and the "New York Times" Notable Book "Over Tumbled Graves". He lives in Spokane, Washington, with hver Tumbled Graves". He lives in Spokane, Washington, with his family. is family.
Welcome to awards season. Between the Golden Globes, the SAG awards, and the upcoming Oscars, it's enough to make anyone question America's fixation on movies. But author Kevin Roose says that Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins, a novel with a funny take on the movie industry, shows that there's something important going on behind the glitz. More at NPR.org
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- What does the title, Beautiful Ruins, refer to and how does it capture the essence of the novel?