On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Penguin Random House

This heartwrenching story from a son to his mother that brings to life a letter that unearths his family history before he was born. This brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity is undergirded by compassion and tenderness. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one owns story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.

Ocean Vuong writes about the yearning for connection that afflicts immigrants caught between worlds with stunning urgency and grace and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. 

Meet the Author: Ocean Vuong is a New York Times best selling author and Poet. Born in Sai Gon Vietnam he immigrated to the United States and his writing is an exploration into his experiences as an immigrant. He lives in Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at Umass-Amherst. His honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.