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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
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Parts of this book were beautiful, vivid, the truth transcending the words without heavy-handedness.

Then about halfway through it shifted and became too self-conscious and overwrought. It started reading like the senior project of an undergraduate writing major, someone who's left home for the first time and become convinced of the uniqueness not just of his story but of his pain. (Stories are unique; pain isn't.)

Which doesn't mean it's bad, just that maybe I'm too old and spent too much time as an undergraduate writing major writing emotionally overwrought projects to appreciate it.

Two little things nagged at me, too. First, jackrabbits do not live in Connecticut yet they appeared there in this book. And second, one of the characters snipped a bushel of mint to garnish pesto. Who needs mint for pesto at all, much less 32 dry quarts of it?

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Reading Progress

December 6, 2019 – Started Reading
December 6, 2019 – Shelved
December 9, 2019 – Finished Reading

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