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'A masterpiece' - Max Porterav Ocean Vuong109
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THE TIKTOK SENSATION 'A marvel' Marlon James Brilliant, heart-breaking and highly original, discover Ocean Vuong's shattering coming of age novel. 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. And 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. 'Reminded me that every word can be an incantation, and that beauty does hard and important work' Rebecca Solnit
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Everything is beautiful in this debut... Vuong has originality running through his veins, and a good deal of humour and impish charm... This impressive debut hints at even greater things to come. * The Times * A stunning, beautiful book... His writing is phenomenal... Simply brilliant. * BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review * This is some of the most moving writing I've 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 that's 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 Vuong's fantastic new novel On Earth We're 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 * Vuong's material is gripping even in precis... Vuong's 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 boy's 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 We're 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 Dog's story is the story of modern America. -- Tristram Fane Saunders * Daily Telegraph * One of American's most noteworthy poets. His poems are beautiful and unpredictable, and the same goes for this, his debut novel... brilliantly raw. * Sunday Times * On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a masterpiece: a staggeringly beautiful book, full of wisdom and pain. It seems obvious now, though it
Ocean Vuong was a Ruth Lilly fellow and winner of a Pushcart Prize, and has received honours and awards from Poets House and the Academy of American Poets. Night Sky with Exit Wounds won the 2016 Whiting Award in the States, and the 2017 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the T.S. Eliot Prize in the UK. He teaches at Amherst College, Massachusetts.