On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
ISBN: 0525562028
EAN13: 9780525562023
Language: English
Publication Date: Jun 4, 2019
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 0.63" H x 8.25" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.86 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

An instant New York Times Bestseller

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Oprah.com, Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, Nylon, The Week, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and more.

A lyrical work of self-discovery that's shockingly intimate and insistently universal.Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning. --Ron Charles, The Washington Post

Poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and 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. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and Read More chevron_right

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   Wonderful & Heartbreaking
Ocean Vuong's first novel hits just as hard as his poetry collection. Though the book is technically categorized as literary fiction, it is almost entirely autobiographical. The vulnerability and honesty in Vuong's words is heartbreaking and his writing style is unmatched. This book is simply unforgettable and I cannot recommend it enough.
 
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