On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong’s first novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as beautiful as its title is evocative. It’s a painful coming of age story that is written about surviving the results of trauma. The plot takes the figure of a young writer that writes to his illiterate mother. 

The son knows that it’s highly unlikely that his mother- with her limited grasp of the English language- will even read his confessional. The book is a lot more about articulating and processing hard-to-endure memories than it is about characters in direct communication ……. continue reading

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