Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
"This book doesn't work."
"You mean, in your opinion."
"I mean in English."
The Italian setting is immensely appealing as the story opens with an ailing movie actress and the people of a tiny village on the Ligurian coast. We travel to assorted locales that set the tone of the story of love, life, and relationships. This is essentially a romantic story of how messy and how wonderful life can be.
The cast of characters is so diverse and entertaining that I feel as though I know each one, with their quirks and unique positions in this well-crafted story.
Their intricate stories are woven together in a sometimes over-drawn narrative that remains compelling. This is a story of living, of life. The conclusion, the ending is so beautifully drawn that it alone is worth the read.
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