Jennifer Clement on Gun Love

16 januari 2019
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For our first event of 2019, January 16th, 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm at Paradiso Noord, the John Adams will host Jennifer Clement, author of four novels and President of PEN International – the first woman President since the organization was founded in 1921. Clement’s latest novel is Gun Love, which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award and was named one of TIME’s 10 Best Fiction Books of 2018.


Gun Love focuses on at two troubling issues in America: homelessness and, more specifically, its gun culture and the epidemic of gun crime. The book tells the story of Pearl France, a 14-year old girl living with her once wealthy mother in a parked car in a derelict Florida trailer park, surrounded by people with a fascination for guns. The novel paints a gritty picture of people on the fringes of society, but it is also a memorable coming of age story for a poor girl in Florida. In her renowned eloquent style – with immersive and detailed imagery – Jennifer Clement has written a memorable book of sadness, love and resilience.

For a review of the book, click here or read an excerpt. Watch Jennifer Clement answering questions about Gun Love in this clip.

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