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Beautiful ruins : a novel
2012
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Characters
Alvis Bender (Male), Writer, American, Tracks down a woman whom he believes saved him in his youth; travels to Italy to Pasquel's family's hotel every year
Pasquel Tursi (Male), Innkeeper, Italian, His family owns the only small hotel in the town; has big plans to make his village competitive with the successful coastal communities; falls in love with Dee
Dee Moray (Female), Actress, Staying at Pasquel's hotel
Genre
Fiction
Romance
Love story
Topics
Festivals
Innkeepers
Love
Actors
Writers
Loss
Hotel industry
Tourists
Tourism
Love affairs
Setting
Italy - Europe
Scotland - Europe
California - West (U.S.)
Time Period
1960's-2000s -- 20th-21st Century
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  Library Journal Review

An elderly Italian man searches for the American actress he saw 50 years earlier during the filming of the movie Cleopatra. Walter (The Financial Lives of the Poets) portrays an incredibly complex chronicle of contemporary American life in a global world in this descriptive novel of love, hope, greed, careers, and life. Edoardo Ballerini's (2012 Audie Award, The Land of Laughs) ease with the Italian language and his ability to mimic the speech of Americans uncomfortable with the tongue add to the ambiance and credibility while also pulling listeners into the story. Ballerini's calm, quiet tone and realistic yet varied male and teen voices allow listeners to discriminate easily among characters. VERDICT Highly recommended. ["The pop culture references and wistful tone will please Nick Hornby fans and build Walter's following. Not to be missed," read the review of the Harper hc, LJ 4/1/13.-Ed.]-Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet: the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 . . . and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later. <br> <br> "Why mince words? Beautiful Ruins is an absolute masterpiece." --Richard Russo<br> <br> "A ridiculously talented writer." --New York Times<br>
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