Pearl’s mother took her away from her family just weeks after she was born, and drove off to central Florida determined to begin a new life for herself and her daughter—in the parking lot next to a trailer park. Pearl grew up in the front seat of their ’94 Mercury, while her mother lived in the back. Despite their hardships, mother and daughter both adjusted to life, making friends with the residents of the trailers and creating a deep connection to each other. All around them, Florida is populated with gun owners—those hunting alligators for sport, those who want to protect their families, and those who create a sense of danger. When Pearl’s mother falls hard for Eli Redmond—a man with a passion for guns and a knack for finding trouble—her terrible fate is sealed, and Pearl is left on her own.
The story of a tough but optimistic young woman growing up in contemporary America in the midst of its love affair with firearms, Gun Love is an emotional journey written in gorgeously poetic prose, for readers of classic coming-of-age tales like Bastard Out of Carolina.