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
"...in 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