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On Earth we're briefly gorgeous : a novel  Cover Image Book Book

On Earth we're briefly gorgeous : a novel / Ocean Vuong.

Vuong, Ocean, 1988- (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525562023 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0525562028 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9780525562047 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 0525562044
  • Physical Description: 246 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note:
The Cushing Library/Women & Gender Studies copy was acquired as part of The Don Kelly Research Collection of Gay Literature and Culture.
Summary, etc.:
"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.
Awards Note:
Ferro Grumley Award, 2020.
Subject: Vietnamese Americans > Fiction.
Adult child abuse victims > Fiction.
Coming out (Sexual orientation) > Fiction.
Children of prostitutes > Fiction.
Schizophrenics > Family relationships > Fiction.
Mothers and sons > Fiction.
Discrimination > Fiction.
Mothers and sons > Fiction.
Genre: Epistolary fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Epistolary fiction.
Gay fiction.
Epistolary fiction.

Available copies

  • 57 of 63 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Ridgefield Library.


  • 6 current holds with 63 total copies.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ridgefield Library FIC VUONG (Text) 34010145829734 Adult Fiction Checked out 02/14/2023

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