On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a novel exploring the themes of LGBTQ+ identity and heritage. Told in poetic, fragmented vignettes, the story follows a young man as he comes to understand his place in the world and his family’s history. Vuong deftly tackles difficult topics with sensitivity and grace, giving voice to experiences that are often overlooked or ignored. This powerful debut is sure to leave a lasting impression on readers everywhere.
For who is this book for ?
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a novel for anyone interested in learning more about the LGBTQ+ experience. Vuong’s poetic writing style makes for an engaging and unique read, while his sensitive treatment of difficult topics makes this book a valuable resource for readers of all backgrounds.
- Vuong’s writing is lyrical and poetic, giving readers a unique perspective on LGBTQ+ life.
- The fragmented vignettes offer a fresh take on the traditional novel structure.
- Vuong tackles difficult topics with sensitivity and grace, providing a much-needed voice to marginalized communities.
- The writing can be dense and difficult to follow at times.
- The plot is slow moving and not always engaging.
- Some of the themes may be too heavy or intense for some readers
Learn more about the author
Ocean Vuong is a poet and writer from Hartford, Connecticut. His work has been published in several journals, including the New Yorker, Granta, and the Atlantic. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is his first novel.
“This book will stay with me for a long time. Vuong writes about his characters with so much heart and compassion, creating an unforgettable story about family, identity, love, and grief.”
“Absolutely beautiful and poetic. A groundbreaking work that is a must-read for anyone interested in LGBTQ+ narratives.”
“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a tender, heartbreaking exploration of family, love, and identity. Vuong’s poetic prose is luminous and searing; his characters are richly drawn and unforgettable. This novel is a necessary reckoning with the beauty and brutality of being alive.”
“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is one of the most stunning, poetic, heartbreaking and heartfelt books I have ever read. Vuong writes with an unflinching honesty that pierces your heart and leaves you reeling in its wake.”