Author: Jess Walter
Publish Date: June 12, 2012
Source: TLC Book Tour
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You like a bit of a mystery.
- You like great settings.
- You like interwoven characters.
From Amazon.com: "
The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.
And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier."
My Two Cents:
This book had me gripped from the cover (it's gorgeous, no?). What I found inside the pages was a story that pulled me in. This is the kind of book that you read when you know that you have long periods of time to take a lot of the book all at once because you want to figure out what's happening. Since we're in vacation season now, I could see it being a great beach book. It's not all fluff. There's a good story there and there's enough intrigue to get you sucked right in.
This story has it all. There's Hollywood glamor, family intrigue, gorgeous Italian vistas and even a pinch of the wild west. Everything is connected and you will definitely want to get to the end to figure out how everything goes together.
I think that it would be very difficult to write books that jump through so many places in time. Walter does this amazingly though. He gives you just enough information to make you say "okay, I'll just read until the end of the chapter" and then you actually end up reading a couple chapters after just to figure out what's going on. Walter gives you just enough information to keep you going. I blame him for a couple of late reading nights this week actually.
Bottom line: This is a great book when you just want to get totally and utterly lost.
"Stories are people. I'm a story, you're a story... your father is a story. Our stories go in every direction, they die out, crash, bump into one another, but sometimes, if we're lucky, our stories join into one, and for awhile, we're less alone." - Alvis