Jennifer Clement

Gun Love
Jan 16, 2019  -  Paradiso Noord, IJpromenade 2, Amsterdam

For our first event of 2019, 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 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.

Moderator Joost de Vries delivered the following introduction to Jennifer Clement.



Moderator: Joost de Vries

In collaboration with: De Bezige Bij