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On Earth we're briefly gorgeous : a novel

Author: Ocean Vuong
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2021.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: bildungsromans
Fiction
Domestic fiction
Bildungsromans
Epistolary fiction
Roman américain
Romans familiaux
Romans d'éducation
Romans épistolaires
Romans, nouvelles, etc
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ocean Vuong
ISBN: 9780525562047 0525562044 9780525562023 0525562028 0525562044 9780525562047
OCLC Number: 1259507380
Awards: New England Book Award for Fiction, 2019
Description: 246 pages ; 20 cm.
Responsibility: Ocean Vuong.

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"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."--Site de l'éditeur

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