Already a celebrated poet of the present generation, Vuong, with his first novel ‘On earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous,’ shows that he is immensely talented when it comes to writing novels too. Born in 1988, Vuong is a receiver of the T.S. Eliot Prize along with Whitening Award for his poetry Night Sky With Exit Wounds.
On earth, We Are Briefly Gorgeous is a uniquely portrayed novel written in the form of a letter sent by a Viet-American writer to his illiterate mother, who could study only up to seventh as the school in which she studied fell prey to American napalm raid. It delves deep into the generational trauma, poverty, addiction, and violence.