On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

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Author: Ocean Vuong

9781529110685 | PB | pp. 256 | 2020 | Penguin Random House

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, written in the form of letter to his mother describes hardships of his family after the Vietnam War and his hopes, fear and passion.

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9781529110685 | Paperback | 256 | 2020 | Penguin Random House

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, written in the form of letter to his mother describes hardships of his family after the Vietnam War and his hopes, fear and passion.

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This 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. It tells of Vietnam, of the lasting impact of war, and of his family’s struggle to forge a new future. It serves as a doorway into parts of Little Dog’s life his mother has never known – episodes of bewilderment, fear and passion – all the while moving closer to an unforgettable revelation.

Author:

Ocean Vuong

ISBN:

9781529110685

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

256

Year of Publication:

2020

Publisher:

Penguin Random House

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

The author was born in Saigon, Vietnam and raised in Hartford, Connecticut in a working class family of nail salon and factory laborers, he was educated at nearby Manchester Community College before transferring to Pace University to study International Marketing. Without completing his first term, he dropped out of Business school and enrolled at Brooklyn College, where he graduated with a BA in Nineteenth Century American Literature. He subsequently received his MFA in Poetry from NYU. He currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts and serves as a tenured Professor in the Creative Writing MFA Program at NYU. He is the author of The New York Times bestselling poetry collection, Time is a Mother (Penguin Press 2022), and The New York Times bestselling novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press 2019), which has been translated into 37 languages. A recipient of a 2019 MacArthur "Genius" Grant, 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.

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