For our next edition of the Book Club we chose to read and exchange ideas about the sensitive and heartbreaking – On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Little Dog, the protagonist, unveils on the letter parts of his life still unknown to his mother, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, migration, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to the American moment, immersed as it is 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.
With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong, known for his poetic style, writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers this debut novel seen by many as the most important debut novel of many years.
**About the Book Club in the ‘Gay & LesBian Social The Netherlands’ Meet up Group**
This event will never feel like a literature lesson, but a fun and cozy event. Its purpose is of connecting like-minded people through literature. We are a group of literature enthusiasts, home readers and those willing to improve their reading habits.
A short overview of the regular event is:
– Welcome drinks with selected music chosen for the book
– Short Introduction of the month Book
– Reading of selected central pieces of the book and main quotes
– Open conversation about the main topics of the book and personal impressions
– Selection of the book of the following month
– Final reading and Goodbye drinks
Next books will be selected democratically in the end of every session and are always a pro-LGBTQ or friendly material.
Please only sign up if you truly will read and plan to come to the Book Club. If you sign up, please UPDATE your participation on time and please avoid short-term cancellations! People on the ‘waitlist’ will be automatically included.
Please buy/borrow your own copy of the selected book. Ideally everyone will have read the book before the session, but not mandatory. Support a local book shop whenever possible.
Event will be hosted at my place located in the Regulierdswarstraat, Amsterdam Center. I will send the exact address in a private message some days before.