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  • Published: 5 July 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241532614
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

This Place is Still Beautiful

  • XiXi Tian


Two sisters. A shocking racist incident. The summer that will change both of their lives forever.

Annalie and Margaret are sisters who agree on only one thing: that they have nothing in common. Nineteen-year-old Margaret is driven, ambitious, and keenly aware of social justice issues. She couldn't wait to leave their oppressive small hometown and take flight in New York. Meanwhile sweet, popular, seventeen-year-old Annalie can't think of anything worse - she loves their town, and feels safe coasting along in its confines.

Until she arrives home one day to find a gut-punching racial slur painted on their garage door.

Margaret immediately flies home, expecting to find her family up in arms - but she's shocked to learn they want to forget about it. Their mom is worried about what it might stir up, and Annalie just wants to have a 'normal' summer.

Margaret and Annalie find their relationship hanging by a thread - and then, when it looks like the thrill of first love (Annalie) and lost love (Margaret) might bring them together. . . a crushing secret threatens to tear them apart forever.

  • Published: 5 July 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241532614
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

Praise for This Place is Still Beautiful

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, author of We Are Okay and Watch Over Me

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

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