Beautiful Ruins

Author: Jess Walter
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  • : $26.00(NZD)
  • : 9780241986509
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Viking
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  • : June 2019
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  • : Jess Walter
  • : Penguin Essentials Ser.
  • : Paperback
  • : 1909
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  • : English
  • : 813.6
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  • : 368
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Description

The story begins in 1962. Somewhere on a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and views an apparition- a beautiful woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an American starlet, he soon learns, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away in Hollywood, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot searching for the woman he last saw at his hotel fifty years before.

Gloriously inventive, funny, tender and constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a novel full of fabulous and yet very flawed people, all of them striving towards another sort of life, a future that is both delightful and yet, tantalizingly, seems just out of reach.