Janel’s #CBR4 Review 32 Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
This book is an old Hollywood drama mixed with a touching love story that blossomed in a little Italian village. I enjoyed the way the book went back and forth between present day and flashbacks. Walter mixes up the different prose formats nicely – book chapter, movie script and play script. Small town life abroad and in the US is represented well. There is a theme of overall sadness and missed opportunities to the whole book. I appreciate how technology didn’t play a big part in the modern day part of the story. The characters made connections using old-fashioned leg work. Very touching and moving read!