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Gun love : a novel

by Clement, Jennifer,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 12 Libraries 12 of 13 copies
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LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD * "Fortified with wit and tenderness . . . Gun Love potently illuminates a puzzled land."-- O: The Oprah Magazine


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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Me? Pearl says, I was raised in a car. And so she was, in a 1994 Mercury Topaz, to be precise. That would be the car that was parked adjacent to a central Florida trailer park, which was, itself, adjacent to the community's fragrant garbage dump and nearly everyone in the vicinity owned a gun. It was an interesting childhood, especially when she was 12-going-on-13, and Eli entered her life, a down-on-his-luck, dangerous, gun-toting man from Texas, the kind of man, Pearl's mother, Margot, said, who doesn't turn the other cheek. Soon enough Margot is head over heels in love with this man, who is a gunrunner and who takes over her life and is complicit in her death when a stranger, to whom he has given a gun, senselessly, tragically shoots and kills her, making it the day Pearl's childhood ends as, now 14 years old, she enters the world of foster care and intriguingly beyond. President of PEN International, 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.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In her excellent fifth novel, Clement (Prays for the Stolen) tackles homelessness, America's love affair with guns, and the economic despair of folks living on the dark edge of society. Pearl is a 14-year-old girl living with her mother in an old car next to a crummy trailer park and the town dump in central Florida. The car has been their home since Pearl was born. She and her mother are dreamers ("It doesn't take too long to figure out that dreams are better than life," says her mother), but their dreams don't spare them from tragedy when cop-killing charmer Eli shows up and woos Pearl's mother, coming between mother and daughter. Eli and trailer neighbors Pastor Rex and Ray are in the gun-running business, selling weapons in Texas and Mexico. When Pearl's small, insular world is shattered by an armed drifter, she starts on a dangerous path that will change the rest of her life. Clement's affecting and memorable novel is also an incisive social commentary that will give readers much to ponder. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Homeless families -- Florida -- Fiction.
Homeless girls -- Florida -- Fiction.
Firearms owners -- Fiction.
Mobile home parks -- Florida -- Fiction.
Young women -- Florida -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Florida -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 245 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781524761684
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