Jess Walter

Jess Walter is an American author known for his novels, short stories, and essays. He has received critical acclaim for his works, including the novel 'Beautiful Ruins' which became a New York Times bestseller.


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  1. 1. Beautiful Ruins

    The novel weaves together multiple storylines spanning across different eras, from the 1960s Italian coastline to modern-day Hollywood. It centers around an almost-love affair between a young Italian innkeeper and an American actress who is believed to be dying. The narrative explores the complex interplay between life and art, love and dreams, as it moves through time and space, connecting a diverse cast of characters whose paths intersect in unexpected ways. The story delves into themes of missed opportunities, the impact of the past on the present, and the enduring allure of fame and ambition, all set against the backdrop of a changing cultural landscape.

    The 10942nd Greatest Book of All Time