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On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous 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.

10 thoughts on “On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous

  1. says:

    All freedom is relative you know too well and sometimes it s no freedom at all, but simply the cage widening far away from you, the bars abstracted with distance but still there, as when they free wild animals into nature preserves only to contain them yet again by larger borders But I took it anyway, that widening 4 1 2 stars Stunning.On Ear

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    Ocean is a brilliant writer and I am a fan of his work I even published him once in PANK It has been thrilling to watch him soar The prose in this novel is sublime The way he writes is just exquisite He writes the body so well He writes about the complicated relationship between a mother and son with real tenderness, with compelling honesty He wr

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    Dear Ma , within the narrator s head or it might have been his heart the name begins tolling, very much like a bell, I am writing to reach you even if each word I put down is one word further from where you are And although he knows his mother is illiterate her education capped at the age of 5 after a napalm raid destroyed her schoolhouse in Vietn

  4. says:

    May 31 marks the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman s birth, and the best present we could possibly receive is Ocean Vuong s debut novel, On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous The connection between the Good Gray Poet and this young Vietnamese immigrant may seem tenuous, but with his radical approach to form and his daring mix of personal reflection, hist

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    ON EARTH WE RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS will be described rightly as luminous, shattering, urgent, necessary But the word I keep circling back to is raw that s how powerful the emotions here are, and how you ll feel after reading it scoured down to bone With a poet s precision, Ocean Vuong examines whether putting words to one s experience can bridge wounds

  6. says:

    This is such a beautiful book title and it was the title that drew me to read the description and request a copy of it Not only is the title beautiful, but much of the writing here is as well It s described as literary fiction, but a brief look at Ocean Vuong s bio after I read this book made the biographical nature of the story striking This letter

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    Thoughtful and tender, On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous meditates on the powers of storytelling The autobiographical novel s framed as a letter from a queer Vietnamese son, Little Dog, to his illiterate single mother, Rose Across three expansive parts Little Dog reflects on his turbulent youth spent in Hartford, Connecticut, and hopes that the act of r

  8. says:

    I am out here stanning the success of Ocean Vuong s debut novel As a fellow queer Vietnamese American, it feels so amazing to see someone with my same ethnic and queer identities breaking through in the literary world and so sad that we have to fight so hard for our voices to be heard This book took me on a scattershot, beautiful emotional journey It f

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    Books by poets always have the best titles, don t they On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous, acclaimed poet Ocean Vuong s semi autobiographical debut novel, takes the form of a letter from Little Dog to his mother, both Vietnamese refugees now living in the U.S This poignant, lyrical story than delivers on the promise of that striking title Because gunshot

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    I went back and forth wondering if I should give this a 4 or 5 star rating.it was just such a combination of beautiful writing poetic, raw and brutalthat it had to end up with a 5 star, for me This novel is a letter from little dog a Vietnamese American gay man to his Vietnamese mother.The family came to America when little dog was a little boy with just

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