On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong


CONTENT WARNING: This novel contains graphic depictions of animal cruelty, homophobia, drug use and sex.

Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is, in itself, gorgeous. Semi-autobiographical, protagonist Little Dog’s comes out to his mother, a Vietnamese immigrant to America, in a series of letters. In doing so, the novels traces their family history back to the Vietnam War and follows it through to the opioid crisis in contemporary America.

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