Gun Love: A Novel Audiobook, by Jennifer Clement Play Audiobook Sample

Gun Love: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Imani Parks Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780525588313

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Longest Chapter Length:

28:37 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

13 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

09:22 minutes

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LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • “Fortified with wit and tenderness . . . Gun Love potently illuminates a puzzled land.”—O: The Oprah Magazine NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST FICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME • SHORTLISTED FOR THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE 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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“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…An unforgettable knockout not to be missed.”

— Booklist (starred review) 


  • “At the trailer park, Pearl’s existence is threatened by two forces: guns and bad men…Though this world is harrowing, it’s also fortified with ample wit and tenderness…Gun Love potently illuminates this puzzled land and the complicated fates of those who dwell in the pockets visitors won’t find on a map.”

    — O, The Oprah Magazine
  • “Clement creates a weird poetry of murderous force. Chekhov’s narrative principle—that a gun hung on the wall in the first act must eventually go off—has become a metaphorical rule of storytelling. To reflect American reality, Ms. Clement puts a gun on every wall in every room.”

    — Economist (London)
  • “Through a memorable coming-of-age story set in America’s margins, Clement makes all of these things true at once: A gun is a valentine, a secret-bearer, a penitent, a world destroyer, an exposed belly, an insurance policy, a sudden act of God.”

    — Salon
  • “Clement’s quiet tragedy is moving, unsettling, and filled with characters who will haunt you long after the story ends.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “Gun Love is an amazement: fierce, inventive, tender.”

    — Rick Bass, author of Why I Came West


  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice

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About Jennifer Clement

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. She is president of PEN International.

About Imani Parks

Imani Parks is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning narrator.