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: the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 ... and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.
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"Any reservations the reader might have about another book about Hollywood, about selling one's soul (or someone else's, and pocketing the change) will probably be swept aside by this high-wire feat of bravura storytelling. Walter is a talented and original writer." - Helen Shulman, New York Times
"I have weeks, as a book reviewer...when it seems like every new book is a riff on Jane Austen, or a young adult vampire/warrior, shape-shifter fantasy, or yet another homage to dead dogs. And then a literary miracle like Beautiful Ruins appears, and once again I'm a believer." - Maureen Corrigan, NPR
"Beautiful Ruins is first-rate storytelling. It is a novel filled with delightful humor, wit and scathing sarcasm for Hollywood and its "industry." Some of it is hilarious, and some touching and genuinely moving. It is profound and frivolous, poignant and zany. It's a fine piece of writing and great fun to read." - Corinna Lothar, The Washington Times
"Well-constructed quirky and entertaining tale of greed, treachery, and love." - Publishers Weekly
"Why mince words? Beautiful Ruins is an absolute masterpiece." - Richard Russo
"This is a blockbuster, with romance, majesty, comedy, smarts, and a cast of thousands. There's lights, there's camera, there's action. If you want anything more from a novel than Jess Walter gives you in Beautiful Ruins, you're getting thrown out of the theater." - Daniel Handler, author of Why We Broke Up and creator of Lemony Snicket
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A former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Jess Walter is the author of six novels, one nonfiction book and one collection of stories. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published, in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper's, Esquire, McSweeney's, Byliner, Playboy, ESPN the Magazine, Details and many others.
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