Book Club Meeting #4--Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com based on about 1600 reviews

We will meet at a restaurant for brunch to discuss the latest book. Please also bring with you titles that you would like for consideration for future book club meetings. Because I haven't made the reservation yet, it will be at approximately noon; but to be safe, please leave your afternoon open from about 12pm to 4pm.

"The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks on 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, Walter 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, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams."

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  • Brittany

    Our table for 5 will be ready at 11:30am! I will wait at the front for you all. I'm wearing a strapless blue and green dress with red shoes. If you can't come, please update your RSVP so that we'll know when the whole group has arrived. See ya soon.

    1 · June 22

  • Sue

    I just finished the book! I can't wait to talk about it!

    June 20

  • Brittany

    Okay ladies, I'm calling to update our reservation on Friday. If you have any last minute changes, please update now. Looking forward to seeing you Sunday!

    June 19

  • Brittany

    Okay ladies, I made our appointment for brunch. We will meet at The Garden Terrace at the Inverness Hotel which is in the DTC area. It's supposed to be really good and have a ton of food, so make sure to show up hungry! Please keep your RSVP current; no biggie if plans change, but let me know so I can update our reservation.

    1 · May 31

    • Brittany

      Oh, and reservations are at 11:30am.

      May 31

    • Brittany

      FYI it's been voted best Sunday brunch by Westword and city search.

      1 · May 31

  • Carrie B.

    I have already read - hope to join for the next one.

    1 · May 13

  • Marissa

    Do you have one meeting per book you read?

    May 1, 2014

    • Brittany

      Yep, we do. We have a book club meeting every other month, so June, August, and October will be book club months. They're towards the end of the month, usually on a Sunday, and usually around 12pm for brunch.

      1 · May 1, 2014

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