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A stunning, beautiful book... His writing is phenomenal... Simply brilliant. * BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review * This is some of the most moving writing Ive read The tenderness of the prose feels like a triumph against a world hellbent on embittering the tenderhearted the truths arrived at in this book are valuable precisely because they are steeped in feeling. * New York Times * Vuong is surely a literary descendant of the author of Leaves of Grass. Emerging from the most marginalized circumstances, he has produced a lyrical work of self-discovery thats shockingly intimate and insistently universal Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning. -- Ron Charles * Washington Post * Ocean Vuong's On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous confirms him as a master of inventive language that has its roots in the spoken word but reaches shimmering heights of lyricism, too. -- Joseph O'Connor * Sunday Independent *Books of the Year* * Vuong is a prodigious talent, his handling of words and images both brutal and delicate, his treatment of violence, sex and the body radically clear-eyed. * Financial Times * Vuong as a writer is daring. He goes where the hurt is, creating a novel saturated with yearning and ache He transforms the emotional, the visceral, the individual into the political in an unforgettable indeed, gorgeous novel. * Time Magazine * Ocean Vuongs fantastic new novel On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous reminded me that every word can be an incantation, and that beauty does hard and important work. -- Rebecca Solnit * New Statesman * A stunning, frankly unforgettable debut novel It's not surprising that novels by poets often include some of the loveliest prose, but Vuong's is especially luminous On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous is so many things; a love story from a son to his mother; an exploration of masculinity and race; and a series of limpid thoughts about the world Everything about this book makes me feel glad to live in an era when the novel still matters, when the human ability to bring together words and sentences can lead to such scintillating, poignant language. -- James Robertson * Herald Scotland * Vuongs material is gripping even in precis Vuongs determination to see well-trodden ground afresh, with unremitting complexity, is extremely rare... In these authenticity-hungry times, Vuong could have let his sensational biography simply speak for itself. There is a great deal to admire: that he was able to give such personal material novelistic treatment; that he had the patience to wait until that was possible; that he only had wait until he was 30 [an] exciting talent. * Sunday Times * [Vuong] mines his extraordinary family story with passion and beauty Vuong writes wonderfully. -- Tessa Hadley * Guardian * This is a stunning, sensuous novel that paints a portrait of a mother and her child struggling to work out how to live in a new land. There is fear and anger but the boys love for his mother and for the world that surrounds him sings off the page. * Monocle * Utterly captivating writing. -- Anthony Cummins * Daily Mail * Vuong can write with exceptional beauty and precision... [On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous] is a deeply moving book I welled up roughly every 40 pages one of the great strengths of this book is the way it elevates the personal into the political. Little Dogs story is the story of modern America. -- Tristram Fane Saunders * Daily Telegraph * One of Americans most noteworthy poets. His poems are beautiful and unpredictable, and the same goes for this, his debut novel brilliantly raw. * Sunday Times * On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous is a masterpiece: a staggeringly beautiful book, full of wisdom and pain. It seems obvious now, though it didnt before, that a young gay poet born in Saigon would write the Great American Novel. I really think its that. A huge gift to the world. Readers who a
Ocean Vuong is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds and the New York Times bestselling novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. A recipient of the 2019 MacArthur "Genius" Grant, he is also the winner of the Whiting Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. His writings have been featured in Atlantic, Harper's Magazine, Nation, New Republic, New Yorker, and the New York Times. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.