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Author Vuong, Ocean, 1988-.

Title On earth we're briefly gorgeous / Ocean Vuong
Published London : Jonathan Cape, an imprint of Vintage, 2019
©2019

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Description 242 pages ; 23 cm
Summary 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 epicentre 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.
Subject Vietnamese Americans -- Fiction.
Mothers and sons -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Domestic fiction.
Epistolary fiction.
Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Epistolary fiction.
ISBN 9781787331501 (hardback)
1787331504 (hardback)
Other Titles On earth we are briefly gorgeous