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Publisher's Summary

The searing, unforgettable story of a young girl's resilience, by the award-winning author of Prayers for the Stolen.
Pearl's mother took her away from her family just weeks after she was born, and drove off to central Florida determined to begin a new life for herself and her daughter - in the parking lot next to a trailer park. Pearl grew up in the front seat of their '94 Mercury, while her mother lived in the back. Despite their hardships, mother and daughter both adjusted to life, making friends with the residents of the trailers and creating a deep connection to each other. All around them, Florida is populated with gun owners - those hunting alligators for sport, those who want to protect their families, and those who create a sense of danger.
Written in a gorgeous lyric all its own, Gun Love is the story of a tough but optimistic young woman growing up in contemporary America, in the midst of its harrowing love affair with firearms.
©2018 Jennifer Clement (P)2018 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"It’s been a long time since I’ve been so mesmerized with a novel’s each next sentence. Jennifer Clement is one of our most inventive novelists. There’s no telling what she’ll see. Whatever it is, it’s something right in front of us, but - here is the magic trick - something we have never before seen. Gun Love is an amazement: fierce, inventive, tender." (Rick Bass)
"...Clement is a brilliant stylist; her figurative language is far more than fine; her metaphors and similes are superb; and together they create a haunting atmosphere - sometimes fey, occasionally whimsical, no stranger to tragedy but always heartfelt and spot-on, as are her beautifully realized, captivating characters. Though sui generis, her work may remind some readers of Flannery O’Connor’s. Always evocative, it is an unforgettable knockout not to be missed." (Booklist)
"Pearl's story takes place in a world both strange and familiar, in the fairy tale of her mother's imagination and in an America pockmarked by gun violence and poverty. Readers will root for Pearl to - somehow - reconcile the two visions, even as fate forces her hand. Clement's quiet tragedy is moving, unsettling, and filled with characters who will haunt you long after the story ends." (Kirkus)
"Clement’s affecting and memorable novel is also an incisive social commentary that will give readers much to ponder." (Publishers Weekly)
"Clement’s latest is made memorable by the resilient Pearl, whose worldview is shaped both by the harsh, gun-saturated realities of the trailer park and by her mother’s past with its piano lessons and fine china. This unusual and impressive novel is carried by her tough, lyrical voice." (Library Journal)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer Nelson on 04-04-18

Great character writer

Jennifer Clement knows how to get you attached to a character. She includes the right combination of first person and omniscient narration, giving one the feeling of knowing someone intimately while also being in the background of their life - watching. However, the overall story line leaves the reader wanting more. Especially the ending. I had to rewind it several times to understand why it felt like it just suddenly stopped. But it's worth the listen just to come to know Pearl and her life growing up in her mothers car.

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