Beautiful Ruins (Prebound)

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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter is absolutely brilliant.  Pasquale Tursi takes over his late father’s dream of turning their sleepy little inn into a tourist destination for Americans.  Nestled at the edge of Italy’s Cinque Terre, his village is tiny, remote, and difficult to reach. His farfetched dreams seem to be coming true when a beautiful blond movie actress arrives.  It is 1962 and two Titans are setting the world aflame with their passion while portraying another pair of doomed lovers, Anthony and Cleopatra.  Pasquale’s blond might douse the flames of Burton and Taylor’s red hot love affair.  Fast forward to present day Hollywood where a young screenwriter is trying to pitch a storyline to legendary producer Michael Deane’s beautiful assistant.  But Deane’s past is about to catch up with him as Pasquale travels from Italy to Hollywood in search of the actress who changed everything so long ago.  Jess Walter is pitch perfect in this beguiling story that spans decades and continents.  He uses his settings brilliantly, from Italy to Scotland to Seattle to Sandpoint Idaho.  Jess Walter’s talent is High Octane


— Deon Stonehouse

July 2012 Indie Next List

“In 1962, a young Italian innkeeper unwittingly ends up taking part in the Hollywood 'clean up' of a love affair on the set for the film Cleopatra. Fast forward to present day Los Angeles; Pasquale Tursi shows up at the studio of a legendary Hollywood producer to find out the fate of the actress he met so briefly, so long ago. The 'beautiful ruins' refer not only to the stunning descriptions of the Italian coastline, but also to the winding path a life can take and the sweet middle ground that we sometimes discover when our dreams don't pan out.”
— Sarah Harvey, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO

Product Details
ISBN: 9780606356671
ISBN-10: 0606356673
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2013
Pages: 337
Language: English
Series: P.S.