On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous




      On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Poet Ocean Vuong s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling 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. Best Download [ On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous ] by [ Ocean Vuong ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – heartforum.co.uk

Ocean Vuong is the author of the debut novel, On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous, out from Penguin Press 2019 and forthcoming in 15 other languages worldwide He is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, his honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize Vuong s writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harpers, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinker, alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki Moon and Justin Trudeau, Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of 32 Essential Asian American Writers and has been profiled on NPR s All Things Considered, PBS NewsHour, Teen Vogue, VICE, The Fantastic Man, and The New Yorker.Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at Umass Amherst.


      On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
 By Ocean Vuong IBN : 0525562028 Format : Hardcover – heartforum.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 246 pages
  • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
  • Ocean Vuong
  • English
  • 12 June 2018
  • 0525562028

10 thoughts on “ On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

  1. Roxane says:

    Ocean is a brilliant writer and I am a fan of his work I even published him once in PANK It has been thrilling to watch him soar The prose in this novel is sublime The way he writes is just exquisite He writes the body so well He writes about the complicated relationship between a mother and son with real tenderness, with compelling honesty He writes sex better than almost anyone out there There are so many lines that gutted me or exhilarated me or stunned me I wanted to sit with each Ocean is a brilliant writer and I am a fan of his work I even published him once in PANK It has been thrilling to watch him soar The prose in this novel is sublime The way he writes is just exquisite He writes the body so well H...

  2. Emily May says:

    All freedom is relative you know too well and sometimes it s no freedom at all, but simply the cage widening far away from you, the bars abstracted with distance but still there, as when they free wild animals into nature preserves only to contain them yet again by larger borders But I took it anyway, that widening4 1 2 stars Stunning.On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous is quite a book It is not surprising that the author is a poet, as this reads al...

  3. Chaima ✨ شيماء says:

    Dear Ma , within the narrator s head or it might have been his heart the name begins tolling, very much like a bell, I am writing to reach you even if each word I put down is one word further from where you are And although he knows his mother is illiterate her education capped at the age of 5 after a napalm raid destroyed her schoolhouse in Vietnam and thus, all his hours and pain will be folded in paper and put away, the words kept tumbling out, catching fire as they went.He is Little Dear Ma , within the narrator s head or it might have been his heart the name b...

  4. Celeste Ng says:

    ON EARTH WE RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS will be described rightly as luminous, shattering, urgent, necessary But the word I keep circling back to is raw that s how powerful the emotions here are, and how you ll feel after reading it scoured down to bone With a poet s precision, O...

  5. Ron Charles says:

    May 31 marks the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman s birth, and the best present we could possibly receive is Ocean Vuong s debut novel, On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous The connection between the Good Gray Poet and this young Vietnamese immigrant may seem tenuous, but with his radical approach to form and his daring mix of personal reflection, historical recollection and sexual exploration, Vuong is surely a literary de...

  6. Angela M says:

    This is such a beautiful book title and it was the title that drew me to read the description and request a copy of it Not only is the title beautiful, but much of the writing here is as well It s described as literary fiction, but a brief look at Ocean Vuong s bio after I read this book made the biographical nature of the story striking This letter from a young Vietnamese immigrant to his mother who doesn t know how to read is raw, impactful, achingly sad, painful to read It is filled with This is such a beautiful book title and i...

  7. jessica says:

    all this time i told myself we were born from war, but I was wrong we were born from beauty let no one mistake us for the fruit of violence but that violence, having passed through the fruit, failed to spoil itwow i am stunned in a debut novel where prose so elegantly meets verse, a work of beauty is created and the world is a better place because of it i randomly came across this video probably one of the most genuine interviews i have ever seen and i immediately fell in loveall this time i told myself we were born from war, but I was wrong we were born from beauty let no one mistake us for the fruit of violence but that violence, having passe...

  8. Thomas says:

    I am out here stanning the success of Ocean Vuong s debut novel As a fellow queer Vietnamese American, it feels so amazing to see someone with my same ethnic and queer identities breaking through in the literary world and so sad that we have to fight so hard for our voices to be heard This book took me on a scattershot, beautiful emotional journey It felt less like reading a nove...

  9. Diane Barnes says:

    No review Just a list of adjectives.BrutalRawDevastatingBeautifulIncandescentStunningThe author didn t write this book he opened his heart and just let it bleed all over the pages Reading it cracked mine open and turned me inside out.Just a sample Did you know people get rich o...

  10. Michael says:

    Thoughtful and tender, On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous meditates on the powers of storytelling The autobiographical novel s framed as a letter from a queer Vietnamese son, Little Dog, to his illiterate single mother, Rose Across three expansive parts Little Dog reflects on his turbulent youth spent in Hartford, Connecticut, and hopes that the act of remembering family history through writing might heal longstanding wounds and bring parent and child closer Using as guideposts the works of Thoughtful and tender, On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous me...

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