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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Vuong, Ocean, 1988- Book - 2019 Fiction / Vuong, Ocean, Adult Book / Fiction / General / Vuong, Ocean None on shelf 38 requests on 11 copies Community Rating: 4.4 out of 5

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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.

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Enrapturing from a surprisingly young and well-liked author submitted by sVfGI7Glt2pz7GZgVB90 on July 10, 2020, 7:11am
In this brief, poetic narrative, the Vietnamese-American narrator (his first novel) oscillates between his reminiscences of being an abused child and his realization of his sexuality when he fell in love, at 14, with a boy at a Connecticut homestead.

An unforgettable story that illuminates the need and the detriment of immigrating to an unfriendly, standoffish land. A chronicle of life on the margins of American society: this book investigates how America sees race, masculinity, addiction, art, craving, and paucity.

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PUBLISHED
New York : Penguin Press, 2019.
Year Published: 2019
Description: 246 pages ; 22 cm
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780525562023
0525562028

SUBJECTS
Vietnamese Americans -- Fiction.
Mothers and sons -- Fiction.
Epistolary fiction.