Gun Love

Gun Love

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York : Hogarth, [2018]
ISBN: 9781524761707
1524761702
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Nov 28, 2018

This book left me tongue-tied and heart-burst.
I'd like to sing it's praises to the sky, but how can I sing with a busted heart and tied tongue?

Frequently the books that shake me up the most are the ones with a strong narrative logic that is unique in some way. The Sister's Brothers, Lincoln in the Bardo, and The Underground Railroad all were like that for me - each book was a lesson on how to read it and left me feeling excited about discovering a new way fiction could be. Gun Love was every bit as powerful for me as these other books and I really hope you, whoever you are, will take the time to go check it out.

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uncommonreader
Nov 04, 2018

Life in Trump's America - poverty and a pervasive gun culture.

RogerDeBlanck Jul 24, 2018

Pearl and her mother Margot live in a car in the parking lot next to a trailer park in central Florida. After giving birth to Pearl without anyone knowing, Margot fled an abusive household even though she came from an affluent family. Pearl and Margot may have a makeshift lifestyle with a car for a home, but for Pearl it seems pretty normal. Margot works at the nearby VA Center and Pearl goes to school. Mother and daughter are everything to each other, and Margot instills a worldview of compassion and whimsy in Pearl. They maintain a quiet sanctuary in their car until the criminal activity of those involved with gunrunning creeps into their lives. Clement’s Gun Love examines a stark reality where poverty and guns coexist. She captures the hardships of a mother and daughter trying to elude the violence lurking around them. Sorrow and tragedy, however, cannot crush Pearl’s spirit. From one perilous experience to the next, Pearl holds onto her mother’s dreamlike outlook as a way to seek optimism among all the madness. Told from Pearl’s perspective, her voice flows with breathless ease. The anticipation of each sentence offers a poetic beauty that transforms the story's sadness into a glimmer of hope.

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LouhiKuutar
Jun 20, 2018

Another wonderful novel from Jennifer Clement! From reading her previous novels and knowing the author's background, I can say she researches her material. POV is of a tweenie to a young teen navigating a brutal adult world. There is a lot of LOVE in this book as well grim realities, and so I wouldn't mind our 12-year old reading it. Must return my book to VPL ASAP for you to enjoy. Read other J. Clement books!
The library preface is a plot spoiler!

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Jun 20, 2018

LouhiKuutar thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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