novels

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

How to fall in love Ocean Vuong’s devastatingly beautiful first novel, as evocative as its title, is a painful but extraordinary coming-of-age story about surviving the aftermath of trauma. It takes the form of a young Vietnamese American writer’s letter to his illiterate mother — her education having ended at seven, when her school in …

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable lightness of being Should we take life seriously or not? Should we think of it as heavy or light? Perhaps we shouldn’t take it too seriously, enjoy the pleasures it affords, and reject all heavier philosophies of meaning. But is this solution satisfactory? This is the fundamental question posed Milan Kundera in his novel …

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