Jennifer Clement
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Jennifer Clement

Jennifer Clement is the President of PEN International- the oldest and largest writers organization in the world- and the first woman to be elected since PEN was founded in 1921.

Clement was raised in Mexico City, Mexico and studied English Literature and Anthropology at New York University and French literature in Paris, France. She has an MFA in fiction from the Stonecoast MFA program at USM.

Clement is the author four novels: Prayers for the Stolen, A True Story Based on Lies, The Poison That Fascinates and Gun Love. Prayers for the Stolen was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice Book, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, winner of the Gran Prix des Lectrices Lyceenes de ELLE 2015, an NEA Fellowship and the Sara Curry Humanitarian Award. The novel appeared internationally on many "Best Books of the Year" lists, including The Irish Times. Clement was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her novel Gun Love. She has also published of four books of poetry including The Next Stranger (with an introduction by W.S. Merwin). Clement's books have been translated into 30 languages.

Jennifer Clement wrote the acclaimed memoir Widow Basquiat on New York City in the early 1980's and the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Glenn O'Brien in Artforum described this work as, "Magical ... The life of Basquiat ... is a joyous lightning bolt when it is described in true detail, as it is in Clement's extraordinary as-told-to poem." NPR rated it one of the best books of 2015 in seven different categories.

From 2009 to 2012, Clement was president of PEN Mexico and her work focused on the disappearance and killing of journalists. She and her sister, Barbara Sibley, are the founders and directors of the San Miguel Poetry Week. Clement lives in Mexico City and is a member of Mexico's prestigious "Sistema Nacional de Creadores".

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    • Gun Love

    • A Novel
    • By: Jennifer Clement
    • Narrated by: Imani Parks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great character writer

    • By Jennifer Nelson on 04-04-18

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Prayers for the Stolen

    • A Novel
    • By: Jennifer Clement
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
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    Ladydi Garcia Martinez was born into a world where being a girl is a dangerous thing. When Ladydi is offered work as a nanny for a wealthy family in Acapulco, she seizes the chance and finds her first taste of love with a young caretaker there....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Super sad story

    • By Robert on 09-23-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Widow Basquiat

    • A Memoir
    • By: Jennifer Clement
    • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni
    • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
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    • Story
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    Michel Basquiat's transition from the subways to the chic gallery spaces of Manhattan brought the artist into the company of many of New York's established and aspiring stars....

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