DA Denmark Book Club Discussion On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong: ONLINE

This month the DA Denmark Book Club will meet ONLINE on Tuesday, April 19 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm to finally discuss Vietnamese American poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel, On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous. Written as a long letter by a young Vietnamese American to his mother, the story mirrors Vuong's own life. 

From Goodreads: "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. 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."

Check out Goodreads for more information and reviews. You can order your copy of On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous from Books and Company (Sofievej 1, 2900 Hellerup). Delivery typically takes 2-3 days. Pick up at the store.

Our May book will be Representative Adam Schiff's memoir, Midnight in Washington.

WHEN
April 19, 2022 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm Copenhagen Time
WHERE
online
via Zoom
Copenhagen 2300
Denmark
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Chesney McKinley ·
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