BEAUTIFUL RUINS
*69 weeks NYT Bestseller list, 5 weeks #1
*Esquire's Best book of 2012
*NPR-Fresh Air best Novel of 2012
*Audible and Salon best audio book of 2012
*New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Washington Post Notable Book of the Year, Best books of the year: Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Seattle Times, The Oregonian, St. Louis Today, Kansas City Star, Goodreads, Hudsons, Barnes and Noble, Amazon

"A literary miracle."--NPR's Fresh Air
"A high-wire feat of bravura storytelling."--NYT Book Review
"A masterpiece ... damn near perfect."--Salon

Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award

"Captivating ... devastating ... funny because it's true, and horrible because it's true, and funny because it's horrible, and so on, forever. Fortunately, Walter is a bighearted man who excels at writing about other bighearted, if broken, men. That generosity of spirit, coupled with Walter's seeming inability to look away from the messy bits, elevates these stories from dirges to symphonies." Allison Glock, New York Times Book Review

"Stories that twist and plumb, delivering unexpected laughs while playing with what it is we think we know ... so freakishly, fiendishly good it isn't fair." -- Ken Armstrong, Seattle Times

"Terrifically crafted, sometimes funny, and often heartrendingly grim ..." -- Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe

"A bad-ass collection ... gritty, big-hearted." Ben Percy, Esquire

"Wildly entertaining and thought-provoking fiction from a prodigiously talented writer." - Booklist (starred review)

"Walter's got a great ear and a genius for sympathy with America's new dispossessed." Alan Cheuse, NPR