“‘I’ll get you McDonald’s.’ Head throbbing, I dipped my chicken nuggets in ketch…

“‘I’ll get you McDonald’s.’ Head throbbing, I dipped my chicken nuggets in ketchup as you watched.” 🖤

It’s no surprise that Vuong is a poet because this book is a lyrical masterpiece. It’s so shatteringly beautiful. The feeling of a man writing to his mother who may never read this work is something that I can relate to so wholly as the daughter of immigrants. There is a language barrier that exists for so many of us, with the people who we are so intimate with – our parents. The ones who birthed us, raised us, nurtured us, cared for us and shaped us. And yet, while I can feel all the love and support through them, our communication has boundaries. To write this book as a letter from a man to his mother is so beautiful, regardless if she will ever read the words. This work pierced me in the heart as my mom has passed and my dad is getting older. There is not one moment where I doubted my parents’ love for me but I often wonder if my love is as obvious or has been articulated to them as much as I feel for them. It breaks me to think I have fallen short of that. And yet, the beauty of our relationship is that I do think they knew/know…. These are all the feelings that welled up inside me reading this story that was so unlike my own but allowed me to feel its emotion through this tethered experience. Thank you shelfbyshelf for my giveaway win, I will definitely be reading this again 🖤

I was able to attend an evening at cityartssf where ocean_vuong was speaking and it was an amazing evening, to say the least . How is it possible for someone to be so intentional and eloquent with every single sentence they speak? And funny too! It was unreal. A memory I will treasure for a long time. 🖤



11 thoughts on ““‘I’ll get you McDonald’s.’ Head throbbing, I dipped my chicken nuggets in ketch…”

  1. The book actually mentions Chicken McNuggets? I admire your commitment of purchasing some for a pic 💕

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