Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter


If you want to hop decades and continents, Beautiful Ruins is the ticket. The story opens in 1962 as a gorgeous movie starlet, Dee Moray, lands on the Italian coast. Dee is pregnant with Richard Burton's baby and has to be re-appropriated from the film set of Cleopatra to avoid scandal and the scrutiny of the public eye. A besotted young man, Pasquale, runs the small hotel where she's hidden and he falls in love with her...looking her up in Hollywood years later.

Nick Hornby fans will eat this up and you'll want to check out Richard Burton movies and Cinque Terre guidebooks after being awed by Walters imagination and spot-on characters.

Jacki @ Central

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