Beautiful Ruins started off with such promise. I loved the setting in 1962 Italy with a man trying to build a beach and a beautiful, dying woman showing up in his small town.
However, it starts to lose me once the storylines start bouncing from past to present, character to character, and all over the place. I just couldn't feel any emotional connection to any of the charaters. The storylines jdidn't weave well together and it felt disjointed.
I do think Jess Walter has a good writing style. He could write some really funny parts at times. It just wasn't enough to keep me interested.