Beautiful Country: A Novel

Beautiful Country: A Novel

J.R. Thornton


A coming-of-age tale set in modern-day China centering at the friendship among an American and a chinese language boy who meet whereas education with Beijing’s Junior nationwide Tennis Team.

Chase Robertson arrives in Beijing as a fourteen-year-old boy nonetheless through the hot loss of life of his older brother. He discovers a rustic in transition; a society within which the twin platforms of Communist period country keep watch over and an rising entrepreneurial tradition exist in paradox.

A most sensible ranked junior tennis participant within the united states, Chase joins the practices of the Beijing nationwide Junior Tennis staff and is immersed within the brutal, cut-throat global of chinese language activity. it's a global during which talented youngsters are chosen on the a long time of six or seven for specialised recreation faculties the place they commit their complete formative years to the pursuit of athletic excellence and are paid as execs by way of the nation. Athletes locate themselves pressured to do something attainable to succeed—right or incorrect. Those who fail to arrive the top are forged apart and are left dealing with a determined destiny with out hope.

In China, Chase profits entry to a tradition not often open to Westerners, and shortly reveals himself stuck up in secrets and techniques. while his closest good friend and teammate turns to him for aid, Chase is confronted with the challenge of what to do while friendship, ideas, and morals are in conflict.

A big-hearted debut, Beautiful Country explores a friendship opposed to the backdrop of a speedy altering country.

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