Book Quote Tuesday Features

[Book Quote Tuesday] On Brown Paper Flowers

... and where it came from.

Myra here.

It is that time of the week again where we share a book quote that seemed particularly striking for us.

For the month of March, our book quote theme is: BLOOM.

I read Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Amazon | Book Depository) back in 2020. I think it remains one of the most lyrical, heartbreaking memoirs I have ever read – written by a queer Asian immigrant who was wrestling with his sexuality and his fraught relationship with a mother who is not all there – halfway between the home she left behind and the home she is making for herself and her son. I recall not being able to form a coherent narrative to review it after I read it. Maybe at one point, I will come back to it. One thing is clear, though: I will read anything that Ocean Vuong writes.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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