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On earth we're briefly gorgeous / Ocean Vuong.

Vuong, Ocean, 1988- author. (Author).
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Available copies

  • 0 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

2 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Hendrum LINK Site VUO (Text) 33500013075205 New Checked out 10/07/2019
Moorhead Public Library VUO (Text) 33500013075197 New Checked out 10/04/2019
Roseau Public Library VUO (Text) 35500006184798 New Checked out 10/04/2019

Record details

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

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "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 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.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2
    *Starred Review* This first novel by poet Vuong (Night Sky with Exit Wounds, 2016) is narrated by Little Dog, a Vietnamese refugee who grew up in Hartford with his mother and his maternal grandmother, Lan. A writer now, he addresses his story as a letter to his mother, who cannot read, to tell you everything you'll never know. He recalls her painful attempts to toughen him and his simultaneous rage for all that frays her—work, memories, difficulty communicating. At 14 he gets a job cutting tobacco, and there meets Trevor. Two years older, Trevor works to escape his alcoholic father and makes Little Dog feel seen—I who had seldom been seen by anyone. Their covert love blooms brilliantly as Trevor, battling his own demons, handles Little Dog with bewildering warmth. This plot line is its own speeding train, while Little Dog's letter also reveals the family's inextricable legacy from the Vietnam War. In Vuong's acrobatic storytelling, Lan's traumatic wartime tale unspools in a spiraling dive, and a portrait of Trevor emerges in the snapshots of a 10-page prose poem. Casting a truly literary spell, Vuong's tale of language and origin, beauty and the power of story, is an enrapturing first novel. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Ocean Vuong is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds, winner of the Whiting Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. His writings have also been featured in The Atlantic, Harper's, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is his first novel.

Subject: Vietnamese Americans > Fiction.
Mothers and sons > Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Cultural Heritage.
FICTION / Coming of Age.
Genre: Epistolary fiction.

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