4.4.13

BEAUTIFUL RUINS, by Jess Walter

What a great read! Begun in a tiny, mythical harbor-front town in Italy’s Cinque Terre, where a beautiful American actress is sent to die, this delightful multi-layered novel should become a classic. The characters run the gamut from the frustrated young innkeeper of a moribund hotel to the famous Richard Burton (actor, among a lot of other things) to a ancient, totally self-serving gnome of a Hollywood film-maker. The half-century relationships twine and intertwine in a completely satisfying tale. A 5. Could do nicely for a book group. Or a movie.