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On Earth we're briefly gorgeous : a novel

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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." --
"Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original - poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to amother 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." --

Available copies

  • 22 of 42 copies available at Westchester Library System.

Current holds

5 current holds with 42 total copies.

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Greenburgh Public Library FICTION VUONG (Text)
Fiction
31009154634020
Available
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Greenburgh Public Library FICTION VUONG (Text)
Fiction
31009154634046
Available
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Harrison Public Library VUONG, O (Text)
Fiction
31010300187160
Checked out
11/24/2021
Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library FICTION VUONG (Text)
New Book
31011151386307
Checked out
12/11/2021
Hendrick Hudson Free Library VUONG, OCEAN (Text)
Fiction
31016151718128
Checked out
12/18/2021
Irvington Public Library FIC VUONG, O (Text)
Fiction
31012154449563
In transit
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John C. Hart Memorial Library VUONG (Text)
Fiction
31030154887228
Checked out
12/21/2021
Katonah Village Library FICTION VUONG (Text)
Fiction
31013151827678
Checked out
12/03/2021
Larchmont Public Library VUONG (Text)
Fiction
31014152806497
In transit
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Lewisboro Library FICTION VUONG (Text)
Fiction
31032151377047
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525562023
  • ISBN: 0525562028
  • ISBN: 9781787331501
  • ISBN: 1787331504
  • Physical Description: 246 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note:
The Cushing Library/Women & Gender Studies copy was acquired as part of The Don Kelly Research Collection of Gay Literature and Culture.
Summary, etc.:
"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." -- Provided by publisher.
"Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original - poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to amother 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." -- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Vietnamese Americans > Fiction.
Adult child abuse victims > Fiction.
Coming out (Sexual orientation) > Fiction.
Children of prostitutes > Fiction.
Schizophrenics > Family relationships > Fiction.
Mothers and sons > Fiction.
Discrimination > Fiction.
Mothers and sons > Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Cultural Heritage.
FICTION / Coming of Age.
Schizophrenics > Family relationships.
Discrimination.
Coming out (Sexual orientation)
Children of prostitutes.
Adult child abuse victims.
Mothers and sons.
Vietnamese Americans.
Vietnamese Americans > Fiction.
Mother-son relationship > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Novels.
Gay fiction.
Epistolary fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Fiction.
Epistolary fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Epistolary fiction.
Gay fiction.
Novels.
Epistolary fiction.


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