Gun Love

Gun Love

1st paperback ed

Paperback (11 Apr 2019) | English

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Synopsis

**Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction 2018**

'Haunting ... poetic ... Full of sorrow and aching sweetness' Washington Post

Gun Love is a hypnotic story of family, community and violence. Told from the perspective of a sharp-eyed teenager, it exposes America's love affair with firearms and its painful consequences.

'My mother called anyone or anything that seemed alone, or ended up in the wrong place, a stray. There were stray people, stray dogs, stray bullets, and stray butterflies.'

Fourteen-year-old Pearl France lives in the front seat of a broken down car and her mother Margot lives in the back. Together they survive on a diet of powdered milk and bug spray, love songs and stolen cigarettes.

Life on the edge of a Florida trailer park is strange enough, but when Pastor Rex's 'Guns for God' programme brings Eli Redmond to town Pearl's world is upended. Eli pays regular visits to Margot in the back seat, forcing Pearl to find a world beyond the car. Margot is given a gift by Eli, a gun of her own, just like he's given her flowers. It sits under the driver's seat, a dark presence…

'One of those rare books that the reader might wish to be a few dozen pages longer, to spend more time in this fully realised world ' Observer

Book information

ISBN: 9781784706760
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage Books
Pub date:
Edition: 1st paperback ed
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 229
Weight: 200g
Height: 193mm
Width: 128mm
Spine width: 16mm