On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2019.
ISBN: 9780525562023
Call Number: VUONG
Characteristics: 246 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Vietnamese Americans -- Fiction.
Adult child abuse victims -- Fiction.
Coming out (Sexual orientation) -- Fiction.
Children of prostitutes -- Fiction.
Schizophrenics -- Family relationships -- Fiction.
Mothers and sons -- Fiction.
Discrimination -- Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Cultural Heritage.
FICTION / Coming of Age.


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DPLjennyp Jul 07, 2019

As the reviewer below said: Stunning. Absolutely stunning.

JCLEmmaF Jun 06, 2019

In short, goodness. Exactly what you expect of Ocean Vuong, which is saturated, stunning writing, and a story that will make you both joyful and devastated. It took me about six months to read Ocean Vuong's first book, of poetry. He writes in a way that leaves me almost exhausted after only a few lines, because they're so loaded and saturated. I could read just a line of his poetry and roll it around my mouth for a week. So when Ocean Vuong writes prose, you read it. But I have to read it faster, because not only are the lines beautiful and loaded and heavy, but also they're driven by character and plot. It's almost overwhelming. But good. So good. This is a small novel, but it's not for the faint of heart, as it follows an immigrant family in the wake of war. Definitely one I'll be buying so I can underline and think around.


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