On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel (Unabridged) On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel (Unabridged)

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel (Unabridged‪)‬

    • 4.2 • 243 Ratings
    • $12.99

    • $12.99

Publisher Description

A New York Times bestseller • Nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction • Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling

“A lyrical work of self-discovery that’s shockingly intimate and insistently universal…Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“This is one of the best novels I’ve ever read...Ocean Vuong is a master. This book a masterpiece.”—Tommy Orange, author of There There and Wandering Stars

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.

Named a Best Book of the Year by: 
GQ, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Library Journal, TIME, Esquire, The Washington Post, Apple, Good Housekeeping, The New Yorker, The New York Public Library, Elle.com, The Guardian, The A.V. Club, NPR, Lithub, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue.com, The San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, and more! 

Ocean Vuong
hr min
June 4
Penguin Audio

Customer Reviews

Marina likes to read ,


What a beautiful story

Lynette-lee-5 ,

Not worth the time.

Was good the first few hours and then it got weird and explicit. Didn’t even finish it. Always with the boy on boy stuff. Wish I could get my
Money back.

Nikkey. Smith ,

Absolute poetry

The writing style of this book is so beautiful. It’s a great audiobook that you can just get lost in. The imagery that’s used….. I just can’t get enough. Just a beautiful book.

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