Beautiful Ruins Discussion over beautiful wine & food


Beautiful Ruins

by JESS WALTER

Paperback, 337 pages

Book Summary

On a rocky patch of Italian coastline circa 1962, a daydreaming young innkeeper has an almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet. She draws him into her glittering world, from the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, and both begin to cling to an improbable dream.

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Genres:fictionAwards and Recognition

59 weeks on NPR Paperback Fiction Bestseller List

14 weeks on NPR Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List


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  • Haruko S.

    Sorry I didn't show up. I was dealing with picking Willard up at the train station and making sure our plants in pots outside were ok.

    June 19

  • Heidi W.

    Sorry for the short notice on cancelling. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and can't wait to read the next one, however, I have a work conflict tonight. Looking forward to the next one.

    1 · June 18

  • Sandra L

    I'm going to have to cancel tonight. I've been dealing with a summer cold/sinus infection for the last week. I really enjoyed the book and was looking forward to seeing everyone but, trust me, nobody is going to want to sit next to me and watch me sniffling and coughing.

    1 · June 18

  • Jennifer S.

    Sorry for the short notice but I had to cancel tonight. Looking forward to the next meeting. Really enjoyed the book!

    1 · June 18

  • Dan B.

    Hi Sheryl, I have a conflict, but I will be on Madison Street so I may stop in later.

    1 · June 13

  • Haruko S.

    My other book group is not meeting on the 18th so I can come.

    1 · June 13

  • debra t.

    I'm taking a class that meets on Monday & Wednesday evenings - will be back when class id over. please keep me on the list thanks!

    1 · June 13

  • Haruko S.

    I'm in two book groups and the other one is meeting on the same day. Beautiful Ruins is a great book. Enjoy your discussion.

    May 28

  • Victoria

    Have a work conflict this day but will be with you in spirit.

    May 26

  • Kim

    I'm going to miss this one because I'll be out of town during that time.

    May 22

    • Sheryl W.

      So sorry Kim. I had another event & couldn't make the 11th.

      May 22

  • Heidi W.

    Looking forward to it!

    1 · May 22

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