On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

‘A masterpiece’ – Max Porter

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Publisher Description

THE MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER AND TIKTOK SENSATION

'A marvel' Marlon James


Brilliant, heart-breaking and highly original, discover Ocean Vuong's shattering coming of age novel.


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.

'Reminded me that every word can be an incantation, and that beauty does hard and important work' Rebecca Solnit

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2019
20 June
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House
SELLER
The Random House Group Limited
SIZE
6.1
MB

Customer Reviews

rhitc ,

On Earth, we’re reading this

Author: Asian-American born in Saigon 1988, now teaches writing at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Renowned poet widely published, multiple awards. Openly gay. One of 100 leading global thinkers according to Foreign Policy magazine 2016.
Premise: Series of letters from successful Asian-American writer to his illiterate mother, who came to US as a refugee after Vietnam war.
Plot: Not a lot. The narrative is short and loops back and forth chronologically and turns into a gay love story in the second half.
Prose: Extraordinarily intimate and lyrical. Like nothing I've read before.
Character development: Limited but effective.
Bottom line: There's a lot of (too much?) autobiographical metafiction around nowadays. This is one of the better examples.

MissynKirby ,

Astonishing

I really have no words for the beauty of this book. It will stay with me for a long while.

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