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Beautiful Ruins
 
 
Author
Jess Walter.
Publisher Harper Perennial  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780061928178
Pages/Publication Date 337/2013
Daedalus Item Code 49195
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(Named the Best Novel of the Year by NPR's Fresh Air as well as Esquire's Best Book of 2012; also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of the Washington Post's Best Books of 2012) Jess Walter's sixth novel is "an absolute gem of a beach read that is both hilarious and heartbreaking" (Huffington Post). From the moment it opens, on a rocky patch of the Italian coast in 1962, when a daydreaming young innkeeper looks out over the water and spies a mysterious woman approaching on a boat, it is a dazzling, inventive, yet emotionally true roller-coaster ride through 50 years of moviemaking and improbable dreams.

"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

"A brilliant, madcap meditation on fate.... Walter's prose is a joy—funny, brash, witty and rich with ironic twists. He's taken all of the tricks of the postmodern novel and scoured out the cynicism, making for a novel that's life-affirming but never saccharine."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 
 
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