By 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 afflicted via the new dying of his older brother. He discovers a rustic in transition; a society within which the twin platforms of Communist period country regulate 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 workforce and is immersed within the brutal, cut-throat international of chinese language activity. it's a global within which proficient youngsters are chosen on the a long time of six or seven for specialised game faculties the place they commit their whole adolescence to the pursuit of athletic excellence and are paid as execs via the kingdom. Athletes locate themselves forced to do whatever attainable to succeed—right or flawed. Those who fail to arrive the top are solid apart and are left dealing with a determined destiny with no hope.
In China, Chase profits entry to a tradition not often open to Westerners, and shortly unearths himself stuck up in secrets and techniques. while his closest buddy and teammate turns to him for aid, Chase is confronted with the drawback of what to do while friendship, principles, and morals are in conflict.
A big-hearted debut, Beautiful Country explores a friendship opposed to the backdrop of a fast altering country.