I was really excited to read this book (I think based on a review in Entertainment Weekly), and it didn't disappoint. It's frankly the best book I've read in awhile - and I found myself telling people about it a lot.
Which was somewhat complicated, because the plot is complex. Beautiful Ruins centers around the meeting of actress Dee Moray and Pasquale, an Italian innkeeper. From this meeting, there are many ripples of aftermath, which are all covered in the book. The character list is sprawling, and there are many jumps forward and back in time. But what separates this book from other gimmick-y books with time jumps and several generations is that everything wraps up with a consistent plot that makes sense and isn't predictable.
Did I like it? Yes. Very much. Read this book.
Did it pass the Bechdel test? Sadly, no. There are a number of named female characters, but they don't interact outside of men.
PS: I have read other books. I'm recommitting myself to blogging consistently. Which will involve books, among other things.