This stunning love letter novel of a young Vietnamese writer, Little Dog, to his mother is poetic brilliance. Ocean Vuong refuses to let the reader be bogged down with flowery writing. Devastating sequences about the history of his grandmother’s journey are richly observed. The love story with Trevor will rip off your skin. The quiet desperation of the writing is a highlight of the book. His mom Rose works in a nail salon and is visited by a woman customer who has a prosthetic leg. When she asks Rose to massage her missing limb, I became enveloped and dissolved to tears. The cathartic revelation of Little Dog to his mother about being Gay is other worldly.