Today we’re thrilled to reveal the cover for In the Beautiful Country by Jane Kuo! The cover was illustrated by Julia Kuo and designed by David Curtis under the art direction of Erin Fitzsimmons. The book will be released on June 14, 2022 by Quill Tree Books. Preorder it here.
My parents believe there’s something
better for us in the beautiful country.
I believe it too.
Anna is counting the days until her family finally moves to America—the beautiful country. Even though Anna knows she’ll miss her relatives and friends in Taiwan, she’s excited for her new life in California.
But the beautiful country is nothing like what she imagined. The family’s one-bedroom apartment is much smaller than their old house. Anna’s hopes for friendship are thwarted when she’s taunted for the food she brings to school. The worst part is Anna’s parents sunk their entire savings into a restaurant that’s losing money. Anna had big dreams for her new life, but now she doesn’t even know if her family will make it beyond the first year.
This lyrical and moving novel in verse is about finding your way in the world and what it truly means for a place to become home.
Jane Kuo is a Chinese and Taiwanese American writer who grew up in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Her first middle grade novel, In the Beautiful Country, is based on events in her life.