Tennis in China

August 14, 2016

J.R. Thornton was once a serious tennis player on the junior circuit. Then he moved to China and spent a year training with the Beijing National Team, where he discovered just how different the life of an aspiring champion could be. His novel "Beautiful Country" reveals the incredibly difficult demands on young athletes in China.

 

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What a great interview! The story of this young and very talented author is so poignant.

Excellent interview with the author. Learned a lot about certain aspects of China as well as how a young writer thinks about his craft. Both the back story and the novel are highly engaging. I look forward to reading the novel. Z

Excellent interview with the author. Learned a lot about certain aspects of China as well as how a young writer thinks about his craft. Both the back story and the novel are highly engaging. I look forward to reading the novel. Z

An enlightening interview with a remarkable young author. His parents had a lot of foresight to expose their son to how things work in the real world, removed from wealth and privilege. I am looking forward to reading about JR's transformative, eye-opening experience. If his writing is half as good as his on-air presence, we are all in for a gift of a novel.

A very moving account. Wonderful interview and beautiful read passages.

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