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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Hardcover - 04 June 2019
Vuong, Ocean (Author)
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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 tenderness, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one's own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.

With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.

Product Details

ISBN-10: 0525562028

ISBN-13: 9780525562023

Publisher: Penguin Press       

Language: English

Age Range: NA - NA years

Grade Level: NA - NA

Hardcover: 256 Pages

Product Dimension (L x W x H): 21.59 x 14.73 x 2.29 CM

Shipping Weight: 0.36 Kg

Periplus Bestseller Rank:
#182 in Books
#20 in Books » Fiction Literature » Literature & Novels
#15 in Books » Fiction Literature » Literature & Novels » Genre Fiction
#4 in Books » Fiction Literature » Contemporary
#7 in FICTION » Fiction - New Releases (> Rp 200,000)

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1 customer reviews  Between 4−5 stars rating,  11 March 2020
Gorgeous indeed
By: Ansi Widya Prabandaru

A letter from a son to his illiterate mother, this book filled with beautiful, heartbreaking, and bittersweet things. Written in a stunning and captivating way, Little Dog talked about race, gender, sexuality, language, and an intricate relationship between a mother and his son.

Very poetic and gorgeous indeed.

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