Italy, Hollywood, romance, a language barrier and a journey 50 years in the making sets the scene for Jess Walter’s “Beautiful Ruins.” Readers follow Walter’s characters, Pasquale, Dee and Shane, as they make the journey through love and life.
It’s a journey that prompted Allegra Goodman to ask many questions in her review:
What is left us in a world of cliches? What can we imagine when our deepest visions come from movies? What is authentic? What endures? The beautiful ruins of Italy? The ruins of youth? The myths we tell ourselves?
From the front cover to the last page, there’s another question “Beautiful Ruins” asks: Is it too late to spend the summer in Italy?