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.
NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS
This unforgettable epic is filled with beautiful prose and lush imagery. By turns joyful and heart wrenching, Jess Walter’s novel will stick in the mind long after the reading is finished.
Spanning many decades and countries, Walter’s latest novel is cinematic, brightly coloured and a real meditation on fate and relationships.
Walter has a way of writing people – more than just characters – that make you laugh and hope and ache and feel caught up in their stories, rendered in prose that is rich and witty.