The Millions

The Craft of Jennifer Clement’s ‘Gun Love’

This piece is the first in a series of author interviews about the craft of writing conducted by Chigozie Obioma for The Millions.

Jennifer Clement’s Gun Love is a beautiful novel. The writing is so lovely that, at times, it seems the author is observing the world through a peephole that foregrounds and magnifies every minute object. A tired person is described as being unable to make “my fist,” and a woman’s love interest is described as “the song inside her body.” The characters are eccentric, unforgettable, and nuanced. Pearl, especially, is a wonder: so finely shaped and created.

For the first in a series of interviews focused on the craft of writing, I asked Clement a few questions about her process and technique. If you’ve read and have questions for Clement, please post them in the comments section before May 22. We’ll send the

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

Related Interests

More from The Millions

The Millions4 min read
Twenty-Five Ways to Roast a Raven: The Spiciest Criticism of Edgar Allan Poe
“[Egdar Allan] Poe tried alcohol, and any drug he could lay his hand on. He also tried any human being he could lay his hands on.” —D.H. Lawrence The post Twenty-Five Ways to Roast a Raven: The Spiciest Criticism of Edgar Allan Poe appeared first on
The Millions4 min read
Love Your Bookstore: Greenlight Bookstore
For this year's Love Your Bookstore Challenge, the staff at Brooklyn's Greenlight Bookstore share their colorful and varied must-read titles. The post Love Your Bookstore: Greenlight Bookstore appeared first on The Millions.
The Millions8 min read
In Witchcraft There Are No Spectators: The Millions Interviews Amanda Yates Garcia
I don’t believe we should be grateful for adversity. But we can be grateful to ourselves for the strength we find to make it out of the underworld alive. The post In Witchcraft There Are No Spectators: The Millions Interviews Amanda Yates Garcia appe