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Our Latest Book Club Selection:
by Jennifer Clement
“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.” — Booklist, Starred Review
“Clement’s quiet tragedy is moving, unsettling, and filled with characters who will haunt you long after the story ends.” — Kirkus
About GUN LOVE
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. 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.
Hailed as “affecting and memorable…an incisive social commentary” by Publishers Weekly, Gun Love is a timely and heartfelt addition to Tom’s Book Club.
About JENNIFER CLEMENT
Jennifer Clement is the President of PEN International and the first woman to be elected since the organization was founded in 1921. She studied English Literature and Anthropology at New York University and also studied French literature in Paris, France. She has an MFA in fiction from the Stonecoast MFA program at USM.
Clement is the author of four novels: Prayers for the Stolen, A True Story Based on Lies, The Poison That Fascinates, and Gun Love. Prayers for the Stolen was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice Book, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, winner of the Gran Prix des Lectrices Lyceenes de ELLE 2015, an NEA Fellowship, and the Sara Curry Humanitarian Award. The novel appeared internationally on many “Best Books of the Year” lists, including The Irish Times. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her novel Gun Love. She has also published four books of poetry including The Next Stranger (with an introduction by W.S. Merwin). Clement’s books have been translated into 30 languages.