Paperback On Earth we're briefly gorgeous / Ocean Vuong.
Publication year: 2020
Publisher: London : Vintage,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781529110685 (pbk.) :
Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2019.
'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 twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born - a history whose epicentre 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.
242 pages ; 20 cm
The son uses the fact that he knows his mother will never read his letters so he is able to be as candid and honest as he needs to be. We learn many painful truths as shares his experiences, pains and first love. It's such a sad story told beautifully about being a child migrant not from any encounter with the police or authors but just the daily living with your "otherness".