Poetic. If your mother were illiterate, and you knew that a letter to her would never be read or understood, what would you write? We’re shown what we could write in the debut novel by Ocean Vuong titled, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Using finely written prose, Vuong’s skill as a poet shines in this exposition about life as it is, unvarnished, conveying one’s trust. What does it take to be heard? There’s tenderness on these pages, and also the violence of life in a society where class, race and masculinity become toxic for the narrator of the novel, a man in his late twenties named Little Dog. The revelations in the novel can be dramatic and are always reflective, insightful and finely written.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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