"On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" is the only book that I can give the very pretentious title of "required reading" to. It is the easiest book to recommend to anybody. The cover calls it a novel, which it technically is, but at the same time it's so much more. Vuong is an accomplished poet, and this shows in his first foray into novels. The prose is gorgeous and flowing, and at times it gets weird in all the best ways. Every word of this novel feels like it was selected, intentionally, the way you would expect in poetry more than prose. This is my favorite book, and if you read it, I bet it will be one of yours, too.

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