Jess Walter’s sixth novel, after The Financial Lives of the Poets, which was a critical success in 2009, is also gathering strong reviews. Entertainment Weekly says it “expertly scratches the seasonal itch for
both literary depth and dazzle.” In today’s NYT, Janet Maslin says the author takes some dangerous leaps (like scrambling the chronology of the story), but the book would not be as successful without them.

Some libraries are showing heavy holds.

Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter
Retail Price: $20.99
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2012-06-12)
ISBN: 9780061928123

It was announced in November that Jack Black had signed to star in a movie titled Bailout, based on The Financial Lives of the Poets, but no news has emerged since.

One Response to “BEAUTIFUL RUINS Picking Up Fans”

  1. Michael C. Says:

    Just gave this book a 4-star review on the Boston Public Library’s online catalog ( and GoodReads. It took me by surprised and I really enjoyed it.