The Resource Beautiful ruins : a novel, Jess Walter

Beautiful ruins : a novel, Jess Walter

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Beautiful ruins : a novel
Title
Beautiful ruins
Title remainder
a novel
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Jess Walter
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Language
eng
Summary
A novel that spans fifty years. The Italian housekeeper and his long-lost American starlet; the producer who once brought them together, and his assistant. A glittering world filled with unforgettable characters. The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier. What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the author introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion, along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, this is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams
Title
Beautiful ruins
Creator
Summary
The award-winning author of The Financial Lives of the Poets presents his most romantic and enjoyable novel yet that follows a young Italian innkeeper and his almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet, which draws him into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters
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Award
  • New York Times Notable Book 2012
  • Library Journal Best Books 2012
  • Booklist Editors' Choice 2012
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10078927
Cataloging source
POT
Dewey number
813/.54_a[Fic]_223
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3573.A4722834
LC item number
B43 2012
Literary form
fiction
Target audience
adult
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Jess Walter
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Beautiful ruins : a novel, Jess Walter
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Control code
5569228
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
337 p.
Isbn
9780061928123
Lccn
2011279056
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