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Gibson's Book Club discusses On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Monday, April 6th, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
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The narrator - Little Dog, now in his late 20s - crafts a letter to his illiterate, Vietnamese refugee mother, detailing a family history rooted in trauma, healing, and forgiveness. This novel, written by queer poet Ocean Vuong is getting major critical acclaim, and for good reason. The prose is beautifully written. The characters are unforgettable, and every page packs a little punch to your gut. Heartbreaking and tender, this is one novel that should be on every literary award's shortlist next year. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook narrated by the author via Libro.fm for the full immersive experience.
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“Alright 2019, this is the novel to beat. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is the rare novel that makes you experience reading in a slightly different way and shows you that, no matter how many books you’ve read, something new and uniquely beautiful can still be found. The novel takes the form of a letter written by the main character, Little Dog, to his mother — an immigrant from Vietnam who cannot read. The power of Vuong’s poetic writing shimmers with every paragraph, and each phrase is a carefully considered, emotional journey. Grappling with themes of identity, sexuality, addiction, violence, and finding your place in a world where you feel you don’t belong, this book already feels like a modern classic, destined to be read and talked about for years to come.”
— Caleb Masters, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC
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