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Ocean Vuong said he wrote the first draft of his bestselling novel by hand — and in a closet.

I put on my headphones, and it was kind of like a cockpit,” Vuong told more than 600 people gathered at the L.A. Times Book Club Monday night.

I highly recommend it.”Vuong drew laughs as he talked about the logistics of writing his debut novel, “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” in a conversation with Times reporter Carolina A. Miranda at Hollywood’s Montalbán Theatre.

Our parents are the first generation to come out of that trauma.”Ocean Vuong, right, spoke with Times reporter Carolina A. Miranda about his work.

“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” which blends fiction and memoir, was published in June and became an immediate sensation.

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