ON EARTH WE ARE BRIEFLY GORGEOUSASIAN ART MUSEUM
“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” is a book of sustained beauty and lyricism, earnest and relentless, a series of high notes that trembles exquisitely almost without break. “---Los Angeles Times Book Review
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. 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. Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are.
Ocean Vuong is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds, winner of the Whiting Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is his first novel.
- Author: Ocean Vuong
- Published 2019
- 256 pages, hardcover
- 8 X 5 inches