Who doesn't want to frolic in Italy on her 40th birthday? Bonus: when arriving on the last page, you'll suffer neither jet lag nor lost luggage.
funniest and best novel I've read all year is Jess Walter's Beautiful
Ruins. Not many satirists can stop on a dime and testify with equal
power and intelligence to what is not, for them, a laughing matter." — Richard Russo
Walter's Beautiful Ruins is an irresistible romp through Italy in the
Technicolor era, when a starlet hooked up with the dashingly drunken
Richard Burton and charmed the townspeople in a tiny seaside village.
The present-day scenes are pretty snazzy, too.