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The #1 New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback—Jess Walter’s “absolute masterpiece” (Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author): the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and resurfaces fifty years later in contemporary Hollywood.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. Hailed by critics and loved by readers of literary and historical fiction, Beautiful Ruins is 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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"This one doesn’t always.go the way you might expect it to. I liked the seemingly divergent storylines and characters.The author ties it all together at the end. This one is a good summer read."
"This was a good beach read. The parts set in 1962 were by far the best. The other story lines in different time periods did not flow as well and took you out of the story instead of making you more interested. I normally really enjoy books that take place in different time periods, but here I do not think it worked. And I did not like the last chapter - it would have been better if it had just ended without adding the wrap up."
"Beautifully braided plot. So much going on in the story but author handled it so well."
"One of my most favorite reads ever "