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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 by way of the hot loss of life of his older brother. He discovers a rustic in transition; a society during which the twin platforms of Communist period kingdom keep an eye on 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 crew and is immersed within the brutal, cut-throat international of chinese language recreation. it's a global within which proficient little ones are chosen on the a long time of six or seven for specialised game colleges the place they dedicate their complete formative years to the pursuit of athletic excellence and are paid as pros by way of the kingdom. Athletes locate themselves pressured to do whatever attainable to succeed—right or fallacious. 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 hardly open to Westerners, and shortly unearths himself stuck up in secrets and techniques. whilst his closest buddy and teammate turns to him for aid, Chase is confronted with the problem of what to do whilst friendship, principles, 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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