Praise for Beautiful Country

“Simple but wonderful...authentic, pure and heartbreaking... (Thornton) is an exceptionally gifted young writer.”

Mo Yan

2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature 

"A tragedy of manners and a portrait of Beijing -- amplified and torqued and unmistakable.” 

— Evan Osnos

Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize 

"...In many ways the quintessential 'Chimerican' novel for the millennial generation. Disarming in its candor, addictively readable." 

— Niall Ferguson

Author of Kissinger: The Idealist and Civilization 

"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

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 word, beautiful. A novel with morality at the center, but absurdity all around." 

— Gary Shteyngart

 Author of Super Sad True Love Story and The Russian Debutante's Handbook