Beautiful Ruins

By Jess Walter
(Center Point, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781611735369, 509pp.)

Publication Date: October 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Mass Market Paperback, Paperback

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“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



NPR
Friday, Jan 24, 2014

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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