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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Hardback)

By Vuong, Ocean

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Ocean Vuong was born in a rice paddy outside Saigon. Two years later, his family moved to America. He was the first in his family to learn how to read English. His mother, who still works in the same nail-bar in Hartford, Connecticut, never did. This novel is framed as a letter t...o her: a letter which she will never read. This allows the author a great deal of freedom. This is both an autobiographical novel and the story of his family in Vietnam before he was born - a history of war and displacement. But it is also a very powerful and personal story of what it feels like to be an immigrant, to be dispossessed, to be other: not just as a young Vietnamese boy in the US, but as a gay adolescent growing up in white-trash America. The novel is a meditation on memory, identity, sexuality and race - but also a frank confession of Vuong's first sexual relationship, with a boy on a tobacco farm - a confession his mother will never be able to read, because she cannot read. The writing is luminously beautiful and the story incredibly moving. In these fractured times, this is an important book: a profound testimony of the outsider.
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ISBN 9781787331501
Released NZ 4 Jun 2019
Publisher Vintage
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781787331501
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Released 4 Jun 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Vuong, Ocean
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 813.6
Weight 377g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade