Fiction · Theresa F

Beautiful Ruins | by Jess Walter

Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
(Harper Perennial, 2013, 368 pages)

Set in Italy during the making of Liz Taylor’s Cleopatra and then in present day Los Angeles (and many other places in between), Beautiful Ruins looks at love and desire and how they change our lives in unexpected ways.  It was a great read and I was sorry when it was over.  My favorite quote from the book was, “…the smaller the space between your desire and what is right, the happier you will be.”

“From the moment it opens—on a rocky patch of Italian coastline, circa 1962, when a daydreaming young innkeeper looks out over the water and spies a mysterious woman approaching him on a boat—Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, Beautiful Ruins is gloriously inventive and constantly surprising—a story of flawed yet fascinating people navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.” – book cover

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