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MAY BOOK CLUB

We will be reading "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walters

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, 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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  • Mary P.

    Excellent!

    May 19, 2013

  • Mary P.

    Great discussion.Ellen and Nancy really knownhownto lead a discussion and get everyone,s input.

    May 19, 2013

  • Bonnie M.

    This was my first meeting and I really enjoyed the discussion and insight of the other members. Everyone stayed on topic and no one monopolized the time. I look forward to coming back next month.

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry ... have company in.

    May 17, 2013

  • Nancy D.

    We meet in the upstairs conference room. If you ask the reference people, they can direct you.

    May 17, 2013

  • Bonnie M.

    Can you please tell me where in Selby we meet? Thanks!

    May 17, 2013

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