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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (2019)


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Published: New York : Penguin Press, 2019
Description:  246 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9780525562023 (hardcover), 0525562028 (hardcover),
Language:  English

"Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original - poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born--a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam--and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity"--

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Remarkable literary fiction

In a remarkably beautiful, often painful first novel, Ocean Vuong writes an honest and searing letter to his illiterate Mother. Knowing she will never read it, he is desperate to work through his memories, and tell his own story, as he pieces together his fractured life.
Born in Vietnam after the war, then immigrating to a life of poverty in Connecticut, the main character “Little Dog” describes a childhood of being raised by his Mother and Grandmother who were often loving, yet mentally ill and abusive. He is aware that their behavior is due to their arduous upbringing and PTSD as survivors of the Vietnam War, but he cannot turn away from them. Vuong’s brutal honesty and poetic layers create an intimate autobiographical story of a boy and his longings, as he navigates the adult world and finds his own voice.
Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous took my breath away, and is one of my favorite books this year.

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