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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Jess Walter’s new novel, Beautiful Ruins, is wonderful. What seems at first to be a story moving back and forth between 1962 Italy and present day Hollywood slowly telescopes outward, encompassing more and more characters whose lives intersect with the central story, often in unexpected ways. At its core, this is the story of an American actress, an Italian innkeeper, and a summer they shared. Jess Walter takes that short summer friendship and elaborates it into a saga that weaves together the overlapping stories of the many lives of seemingly everyone affected by its chance occurrence. Read More..