On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

 12.00

by Ocean Vuong

Brilliant, heartbreaking and highly original, Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling.

‘A marvel’ Marlon James

‘A masterpiece’ Max Porter

‘Luminous, shattering, urgent, necessary’ Celeste Ng

 

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

This 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. It tells of Vietnam, of the lasting impact of war, and of his family’s struggle to forge a new future. And it serves as a doorway into parts of Little Dog’s life his mother has never known – episodes of bewilderment, fear and passion – all the while moving closer to an unforgettable revelation.

About the Author

Ocean Vuong is a Vietnamese-American poet, essayist and novelist. Vuong is a recipient of the 2014 Ruth Lilly/Sargent Rosenberg fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a 2016 Whiting Award, and the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize for his poetry. His debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, was published in 2019.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 12.8 × 2.6 × 19.7 cm

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