Ocean Vuong

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

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This 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. It tells of Vietnam, of the lasting impact of war, and of his family’s struggle to forge a new future. And it serves as a doorway into parts of Little Dog’s life his mother has never known – episodes of bewilderment, fear and passion – all the while moving closer to an unforgettable revelation.


‘Vuong has originality running through his veins’The Times

Shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 

Finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award 2020 


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