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
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Aug 03, 2020

Entertaining; interesting point of view, if childish; but story incomplete.

Mar 10, 2020

Judging by the title and the cover of this book, you’d probably relate it to something negative - not many people are fans of guns. The story matches the title, but the excitement and irony that the author had put in were great.
The protagonist is named Pearl, having lived with her mom in a car ever since she was born. The moment her mother was pregnant the story turned into a tragedy. Her mother, Marget, grew up in a very privileged family and had to leave her family when she was pregnant. She stole her family car along with some and started living amongst some local scoundrels. Pearl grew up around all of this mess and she could not help but become elaborated in the group: She started smoking when she was 10 and began stealing cigarettes at the same time. I think that the habit of smoking had a great impact on Pearl’s life because as soon as she was addicted to it, she never stopped. When she was turning fourteen her mother was shot. The story ended with her joining a group of gun dealers that buys and sells guns illegally. As can be seen, Pearl had gone through a very rough life. However, due to the environment she grew up with, she has some very bad habits and a terrible personality. For example, she would do anything that a stranger tells her to do even if that order was suicide; she can kill hundreds of people without blinking just to steal a cigarette. These character traits have made her exceptionally dangerous and the main reason why I dislike her. Nonetheless, it is understandable that one would do such things when he or she grew up in a place where hardly anybody would go on a tour to.
The author tried very hard making the story more vivid and fascinating, however, I detested the characters and the story, so I am going to give this book a ⅗.
@tiny_astronaut of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Oct 09, 2019

The writing is great. The story and the events not so much. The narrator is Pearl, the little girl that lives with her mother. A lot of the way things happened that led up to Pearl and her mother living in a car is just unbelievable. So are the events that unfold until the end. I don't know why the book is not listed as coming of age along with contemporary and literary fiction. Glad I am able to check one off of the National Book Award longlist (2018).

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.

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.

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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