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Beautiful Ruins

By (author) Jess Walter

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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.

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 204.12g
  • 02 Apr 2013
  • HARPER PERENNIAL
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061928178
  • 9780061928178
  • 24,917

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Author Information

Jess Walter is the author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, the Edgar Award-winning Citizen Vince, Land of the Blind, and the New York Times Notable Book Over Tumbled Graves. He lives in Spokane, Washington, with his family.

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"Combines satisfying, old-fashioned storytelling with a modern sensibility."--Becky Aikman

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