On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Paperback)

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I hesitate to say too much about this book. I worry that any attempt I make to describe its particular magic will only reduce it, flatten it, get it wrong. So I will say, instead, only this: poet Ocean Vuong?s debut novel, On Earth We?re Briefly Gorgeous, knocked the wind out of me with every page, and it is a strong contender for my favorite novel of the year thus far. Read it. Re-read it. Gift it to a friend and insist that they read it, too. (Why is it always the books that I love the most that I find the most impossible to describe?)

— Katie

June 2019 Indie Next List


“Alright 2019, this is the novel to beat. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is the rare novel that makes you experience reading in a slightly different way and shows you that, no matter how many books you’ve read, something new and uniquely beautiful can still be found. The novel takes the form of a letter written by the main character, Little Dog, to his mother — an immigrant from Vietnam who cannot read. The power of Vuong’s poetic writing shimmers with every paragraph, and each phrase is a carefully considered, emotional journey. Grappling with themes of identity, sexuality, addiction, violence, and finding your place in a world where you feel you don’t belong, this book already feels like a modern classic, destined to be read and talked about for years to come.”
— Caleb Masters, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

Product Details
ISBN: 9789571386508
ISBN-10: 9571386502
Publisher: Shi Bao Chu Ban
Publication Date: March 5th, 2021
Language: Chinese