The Beautiful RuinsAnnotation
In 1962, a young Italian innkeeper meets an American starlet in a little drama engineered by her conniving publicist. Fifty years later, the innkeeper follows his heart to Hollywood to find her. Walters The Financial Lives of the Poets won awards and sold especially well in paperback; theres even a film in the offing. All of which suggests that Walter is on the upswing. With a 75,000-copy first printing.