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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

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A Dubray Staff Recommended Read. 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.
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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to his Vietnamese immigrant mother who cannot read. With the intention of the letter never being read, Little Dog reveals an incredibly intimate family history fraught with trauma, violence, and addiction, delicately laying bare the inescapable effects of war and colonialism. Ocean Vuong writes with such fluidity it’s hard to believe this is a debut. A beautifully written novel that quickly became my favourite book of the year.

- Sarah Hibbits, Dubray Grafton Street

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 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 the American moment, immersed as it is 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.

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ISBN 9781787331501
Published 04/06/2019
Binding Hardback
Pages 256
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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to his Vietnamese immigrant mother who cannot read. With the intention of the letter never being read, Little Dog reveals an incredibly intimate family history fraught with trauma, violence, and addiction, delicately laying bare the inescapable effects of war and colonialism. Ocean Vuong writes with such fluidity it’s hard to believe this is a debut. A beautifully written novel that quickly became my favourite book of the year.

- Sarah Hibbits, Dubray Grafton Street

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 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 the American moment, immersed as it is 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.

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