Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

Please note: RSVPs for this event are closed.

If you are still interested in attending but did not RSVP, please come to Hooker Auditorium on Sunday, and we will direct you to any available seats.


Edit: Due to the number of RSVPs we've received, this event has been moved across the street to Hooker Auditorium (located in Clapp Laboratory) on the Mount Holyoke College campus. To view the campus map click here: https://map.mtholyoke.edu.

This event is co-sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College English Department. Doors open 3:30pm.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous 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 — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard. 

With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.

Ocean Vuong is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds, winner of the Whiting Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. His writings have also been featured in The Atlantic, Harper's, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is his first novel.

Books will be available to purchase at the event, but if you would like to reserve a copy ahead of time (recommended) you may do so below. If you are not able to attend this event, but would like to order a signed copy, please select the *signed* book option. Signed books will be shipped out on Monday, June 3. 


Event date: 
Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Hooker Audtiorium
50 College st.
South Hadley, MA 01075
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ISBN: 9780525562023
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

SKU: 9780525562023S

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