This Place Is Still Beautiful


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$18.99  $17.66
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Publish Date
5.7 X 8.4 X 1.4 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

XiXi Tian was born in China and immigrated to the United States when she was a year old. She grew up in central Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in history and then attended Harvard Law School. She is a tech lawyer by day and a writer by night. She lives outside of New York City. You can visit her online at


"Tian's tender debut centers the estranged, stormy, evolving sisterhood of Annalie and Margaret Flanagan following a racist incident.... Tian simultaneously addresses racism's lasting effects on individual lives while eloquently tackling the uncertainty that teens can face in transitional periods. Told in alternating perspectives, this emotionally layered novel, populated by nuanced characters and culminating in complex resolutions, resonates." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"As the sisters grapple with what it means to be mixed race and Asian American in a largely White Midwestern town, when to speak up, and whose expectations they should meet, they also struggle to navigate their relationship with each other. About much more than just racism toward Chinese Americans, this novel deftly tackles the precarious moments surrounding the end of high school and the beginning of college when romantic and familial relationships are complicated, changing, and all-consuming. Quiet yet powerful, complex, and grounded in the reality that nothing will ever be completely resolved." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"While Tian doesn't shy away from dealing with large and small acts of racial prejudice, the story revolves around the two very different sisters: their personalities, their perceptions, and their evolving connections with each other, their mother, and their friends. An impressive first novel." -- ALA Booklist (starred review)

"Tian's debut explores our vulnerabilities in the face of change and how we find redemption for our past mistakes." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

"A radiant YA debut about biracial identity and the complexity of love for people and places. An incisive read." -- Shelf Awareness (starred review)

"Tian crafts a realistic, nuanced coming-of-age tale that deals with questions of identity and self-doubt, internalized racism, sibling rivalry, young love, and microaggressions." -- Horn Book Magazine

"Tender and lovely, This Place is Still Beautiful tells the story of a family forced to face their town--and each other--in the wake of a crime that can't be ignored. XiXi Tian is an exciting new voice in YA, and this moving debut is not to be missed." -- Nina LaCour, Michael L. Printz Award Winner

"Tian excavates the awkward, ugly truths we avoid, and exposes them with raw emotional honesty and grace. This book made me feel seen in a way that very few books ever have. I found myself nodding and saying, 'Yes, that's so true!' over and over again." -- Misa Sugiura, author of This Time Will Be Different