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It’s a big summer for debut novels, and this one by poet Ocean Vuong may be the most widely hyped of them all. “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” is a letter from a man in his late 20s addressed to a mother who can’t read it. Examining race, class, loss, masculinity and the power of story, Vuong’s work is already being hailed as “brilliant,” “shattering” and “an epistolary masterpiece.” Penguin, 256 pages, $26, June 4 (Penguin)

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