Gun Love: A Novel

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Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Awards 
Shortlisted for the 2018 Aspen Words Literary Prize
A New York Times Editor's Choice 
Time's 10 Best Fiction Books of 2018
Library Journal's Best Books of 2018

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.
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About the author

JENNIFER CLEMENT is the author of multiple books, including Widow Basquiat. She was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship and the Sara Curry Humanitarian Award for Prayers for the Stolen. The president of PEN International, she currently lives in Mexico City.
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Publisher
Hogarth
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Published on
Mar 6, 2018
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9781524761707
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Family Life / General
Fiction / Literary
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This content is DRM protected.
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A heartbreaking, wildly inventive, and moving novel narrated by a teenage runaway, from the bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls.

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Shortlisted, Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2015, Australia.

Tree Palace is a affectionate portrait of a family living on the edge of society.

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A haunting story of love and survival that introduces an unforgettable literary heroine
 
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