J.R. Thorton will present his first book,Beautiful Country, at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, July 22nd at 6:30pm. Beautiful Country follows the story of 14-year-old Chase Robertson who is forced to move to Beijing after the death of his older brother. In China, he trains every day with the Beijing junior national tennis team and quickly learns of the cut-throat world of Chinese sport. Chase is caught up in secrets and must fight to protect his bond with his new friend while negotiating the complex rules of a new country.
J.R. Thornton graduated from Harvard in 2014 where he studied History, English and Chinese. As a 14-year- old, he spent a year living in Beijing studying the Chinese language and training with the Beijing junior tennis team. An internationally ranked tennis player as a junior, he later competed for the Harvard men’s team and on the professional circuit.