Jennifer Clement

Jennifer Clement

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Jennifer Clement is the President of PEN International and the first woman to be elected since the organisation was founded in 1921. She is the author of three novels: Prayers for the Stolen, A True Story Based on Lies and The Poison That Fascinates. Prayers for the Stolen was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, winner of the Grand Prix des Lectrices 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.

She has also published four books of poetry including The Next Stranger (with an introduction by W.S. Merwin). Clement’s books have been translated into 30 languages and she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her new novel Gun Love, which is forthcoming in March 2018.



He smells of leather, oil paint, tobacco, marijuana and the faint metallic smell of cocaine. He wears handmade wool sweaters and long Mexican ponchos. He never walks in a straight line. He zigzags wherever he is going

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Jennifer Clement