Book Club: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (2019) by Ocean Vuong

3.00PM Sat 30 Apr 2022
QAGOMA | Ticketed

Discuss art, life, culture and creativity from the comfort of your own home at the QAGOMA Members Virtual Book Club or join us at one of the meetings at the Gallery. From January through to May the titles on the reading list will connect to, contextualise and complement ideas presented in the tenth iteration of the Gallery’s flagship exhibition series, ‘The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’.

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (2019), by Ocean Vuong

Session 1: Wed 13 Apr, 3.00pm | Virtual

Session 2: Thu 14 Apr, 10.30am | On-site

Session 3: Sat 30 Apr, 3.00pm | On-site

Brilliant, heartbreaking and highly original, Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling. This 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. It tells of Vietnam, of the lasting impact of war, and of his family's struggle to forge a new future. And it serves as a doorway into parts of Little Dog's life his mother has never known - episodes of bewilderment, fear and passion - all the while moving closer to an unforgettable revelation.

Virtual Book Club: Free for Members / $5 Members' Guests
On-site Book Club: $12 Members / $17 Members' Guests (includes refreshments)

Members receive 20% off current and past Book Club titles from the QAGOMA Store.
APT10 Reading List
-Breasts and Eggs (2020), by Mieko Kawakami
-China Room (2021), by Sunjeev Sahota
-Human Acts (2017), by Han Kang
-On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (2019), by Ocean Vuong
-Fragile Monsters (2021), by Catherine Menon

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