Posted by Book Mavens on 12th May 2013
Title: Beautiful Ruins: A Novel
Author: Jess Walter
Publisher: Harper, 2012
Review/Summary: A tour de force that crosses decades, continents, and genres. This was one of my favorites from last year. Big dreams, lost loves, a quirky and entertaining tale that skewers the Hollywood scene with many memorable characters. This roller coaster of a novel spans 50 years, opening with a mysterious woman in a boat heading towards an inn on the coast of Italy. The young innkeeper befriends the dying young starlet. The story fast forwards to modern times, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio back lot-searching for the woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier. As the plot twists, even a rakish Richard Burton enters the tale! This would make a great beach read-lyrical, heartbreaking, and funny.
Who will like this book?: Those who are looking for an interesting read that will grip them from the very beginning. Those who want to read about going into the unknown to see what life could be like!
If you like this, try this: If you’re interested in characters who leave on quests to see what may have been, try “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” by Maria Semple or “Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce.
If you enjoyed Jess Walter, she has a number of other books including her newest “We Live in Water” or her previous novels, “The Financial Lives of Poets” or “Citizen Vince”.
Recommended by: Cindy B. Children’s Librarian
Are you interested in reading this one? Visit the Fairfield Public Library catalog to see if it’s available or to place a hold!