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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

In this book, Vuong uses elements of his own life to tell the coming of age story of Little Dog, the son of Vietnamese immigrant parents in the US. Through a fragmented narrative, we piece together the past of Little Dog’s mother and his grandmother, Lan, in Vietnam. This novel is addressed to Little Dog's mother and it covers some shattering subject matters, but just as the title says, it's gorgeous.