An edition of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (2019)

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

A Novel

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An edition of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (2019)

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

A Novel

  • 4.23 ·
  • 22 Ratings
  • 339 Want to read
  • 5 Currently reading
  • 25 Have read

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.

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Penguin Books
Pages
256

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
Jun 01, 2021, Penguin Books
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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
2020, Penguin Random House
in English
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ON EARTH WE'RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS
Apr 30, 2020, PENGUIN
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Cover of: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
May 05, 2020, Penguin Books
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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
Jun 04, 2019, Penguin Press
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Cover of: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
2019, Penguin Random House
in English
Cover of: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
2019, Penguin Random House
in English
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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
2019, Diversified Publishing
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Source title: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

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Library of Congress
PS3622.U96O52 2019

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Format
paperback
Number of pages
256

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OL28980148M
ISBN 10
0525562044
ISBN 13
9780525562047

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