Reviews

  • "On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a masterpiece: a staggeringly beautiful book, full of wisdom and pain. It seems obvious now, though it didn’t before, that a young gay poet born in Saigon would write the Great American Novel. I really think it’s that. A huge gift to the world."

    Max Porter
  • "On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous will be described – rightly – as luminous, shattering, urgent, necessary. But the word I keep circling back to is raw: that's how powerful the emotions here are, and how you'll feel after reading it – scoured down to bone. With a poet’s precision, Ocean Vuong examines whether putting words to one's experience can bridge wounds that span generations, and whether it’s ever possible to be truly heard by those we love most."

    Celeste Ng
  • "Look out: here's a new, beautiful, battering ram of fiction. Vuong is rewriting what fiction is supposed to be and it is a privilege to watch."

    Daisy Johnson
  • "A bruised, breathtaking love letter never meant to be sent. A marvel."

    Marlon James
  • "This is one of the best novels I've ever read. Ocean Vuong is a master. This book is a masterpiece."

    Tommy Orange