On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Paperback)

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Within only a few pages of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous I could already tell that I was reading one of my new favorite books. Lyrical, intense, brutal, and compassionate, Vuong's poetical style and personal experiences with being a queer Vietnamese immigrant create a beautiful story. The characters will both break your heart and make you want to call your grandma. Mental health, the impact 0of the Vietnam War, sex, and addiction are depicted with an honesty that is startling and unforgettable. In my opinion, this novel has truly earned the title "masterpiece".

— Brittany

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