On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Paperback)

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Grown now, Little Dog is writing a letter to his mother, knowing that she will not be able to read it. Little Dog takes his mother, and us, the reader, tenderly through his memory. Despite the removal from these experiences created by the distance of the past and the form of letter writing, the narrative is vivid and raw. A letter, yes. But this is also a love story, a eulogy, a reflection on cycles, and on truth-telling. A breath-taking work of poetry, as much as it is anything else.

— Lafe

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