Praise for Beautiful Country
“Simple but wonderful...authentic, pure and heartbreaking... (Thornton) is an exceptionally gifted young writer.”
— Niall Ferguson, author of Civilization
"...In many ways the quintessential 'Chimerican' novel for the millennial generation. Disarming in its candor, addictively readable."
"A tragedy of manners and a portrait of Beijing -- amplified and torqued and unmistakable.”
— Mo Yan, Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
— Evan Osnos, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the 2014 National Book Award
“Compelling and authentic…Through the perspective of a young American, we can see a different side to our country and ourselves - one that is unfamiliar, but real.”
— Yu Hua, Winner of the James Joyce Award
"A story of innocence and experience, of east and west, of sport and pastime. Thornton is a writer of formidable talent and deep heart, and this nuanced and moving novel marks his arrival as a significant new voice in contemporary fiction."
— Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This