Reviews

  • Everything is beautiful in this debut Vuong has originality running through his veins, and a good deal of humour and impish charm… This impressive debut hints at even greater things to come.

    The Times
  • A stunning, beautiful book... His writing is phenomenal... Simply brilliant.

    BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review
  • This is some of the most moving writing I’ve read… The tenderness of the prose feels like a triumph against a world hellbent on embittering the tenderhearted… the truths arrived at in this book are valuable precisely because they are steeped in feeling.

    New York Times
  • Vuong is surely a literary descendant of the author of Leaves of Grass. Emerging from the most marginalized circumstances, he has produced a lyrical work of self-discovery that’s shockingly intimate and insistently universal… Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning.

    Ron Charles, Washington Post
  • Ocean Vuong's On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous confirms him as a master of inventive language that has its roots in the spoken word but reaches shimmering heights of lyricism, too.

    Joseph O'Connor, Sunday Independent *Books of the Year*

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