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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

(2019)
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An instant New York Times best seller!

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Oprah.com, Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, Nylon, The Week, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and more.

"A lyrical work of self-discovery that's shockingly intimate and insistently universal...Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning." (Ron Charles, The Washington Post)

Poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

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 20s, 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. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one's own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.

With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.

"An epistolary -masterpiece.... Fearless, revelatory, extraordinary." (Library Journal, starred review)

"Casting a truly literary spell, Vuong's tale of language and origin, beauty and the power of story, is an enrapturing first novel." (Booklist, starred review)

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

June 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Author(s): Ocean Vuong
ISBN: 1-78733-150-4 / 978-1-78733-150-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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June 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
Author(s): Ocean Vuong
ISBN: 0-525-56202-8 / 978-0-525-56202-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Press
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Paperback Editions

June 2020 : UK Paperback

Title: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Author(s): Ocean Vuong
ISBN: 1-5291-1068-8 / 978-1-5291-1068-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 2020 : USA Paperback

Title: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Author(s): Ocean Vuong
ISBN: 1-5247-0579-9 / 978-1-5247-0579-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin LCC US
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June 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Ocean Vuong
ISBN: 0-593-10429-3 / 978-0-593-10429-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Author(s): Ocean Vuong
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June 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Author(s): Ocean Vuong
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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June 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Author(s): Ocean Vuong
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
Author(s): Ocean Vuong
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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June 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
Author(s): Ocean Vuong
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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June 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Author(s): Ocean Vuong
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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June 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
Author(s): Ocean Vuong
Publisher: Penguin Press
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