GUN LOVE is a fantastic piece of literary fiction. The story follows a young girl whose mother ran away from home after becoming pregnant with her. For the past fifteen years, they’ve lived in a car outside of a mobile home park. When an enigmatic stranger comes calling, the mother falls in love, and thus begins the heartbreak.
Jennifer Clement’s prose is poetic and gorgeous. If you do not read this book for any other reason, please pic it up for the beauty of the language. I had heart-eyes for most of this reading experience.
I appreciate that Clement did not bash the reader over the head with her own politics, whatever they may be; I don’t know what they are because she allows the story to evolve naturally instead of forcing the story to answer difficult questions. I was concerned that this book would be extreme in its anti-gun, or pro-gun, message, but that was not the case. Good people and bad people alike own and use guns in this story, so the final judgment is left for the reader to decide. I dug that.
Where this book truly shines though is with the diverse cast. I hated some and absolutely fell in love with others, but my own personal favorites were the Sergeant and Corazón, even though I’m not 100% sure I should have liked either. I loved when they were on the page and I missed them when they were gone. Whether or not I was suppose to have fallen in love with them, who knows, but they were the most interesting characters in the book for me, which is not to say that the rest of the cast was uninteresting, they were, but I preferred reading about the Sergeant and Corazón most of all.
The ending was exceptional. This is one of those books that fulfill every promise it makes early in the read, and that’s all it took for me to five star this joker.
In summation: I’m new to Jennifer Clement but this book has made me a fan. I’ll be looking up her back catalog soon. Highly recommended.
Final Judgment: The only preaching in this book is done in church.
Video review: https://youtu.be/iu51wfMA_14