Stonecoast alumna Jennifer Clement’s fourth novel, Gun Love, has been longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award. Narrated by Pearl, a sharp-eyed teenager navigating the landscapes of poverty, sexuality, and gun violence, Gun Love was published three weeks after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida, where the novel takes place. Stonecoast Faculty member Rick Bass noted, “Jennifer Clement is one of our most inventive novelists. There’s no telling what she’ll see. Gun Love is an amazement: fierce, inventive, tender.”
Clement (Fiction, Winter ’14) has previously published Prayers for the Stolen, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice Book and a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, as well as the critically acclaimed biography Widow Basquiat and other books. Clement is president of PEN International, the first woman elected to the presidency of PEN since its inception in 1921. Her work has been translated into eight languages. She lives in Mexico City.
The National Book Award winner will be announced on November 14.