The Gunners

The Gunners

Achieving bold emotional complexity, The Gunners explores just how much one moment, one decision, or one person can change us

Following on her wonderfully received first novel, Another Place You’ve Never Been, called "mesmerizing," "powerful," and "gorgeous," by critics all over the country, Rebecca Kauffman returns with Mikey Callahan, a thirty-year-old who is suffering from the clouded vision of macular degeneration. He struggles to establish human connections—even his emotional life is a blur.

As the novel begins, he is reconnecting with "The Gunners," his group of childhood friends, after one of their members has committed suicide. Sally had distanced herself from all of them before ending her life, and she died harboring secrets about the group and its individuals. Mikey especially needs to confront dark secrets about his own past and his father. How much of this darkness accounts for the emotional stupor Mikey is suffering from as he reaches his maturity? And can The Gunners, prompted by Sally's death, find their way to a new day? The core of this adventure, made by Mikey, Alice, Lynn, Jimmy, and Sam, becomes a search for the core of truth, friendship, and forgiveness.

A quietly startling, beautiful book, The Gunners engages us with vividly unforgettable characters, and advances Rebecca Kauffman’s place as one of the most important young writers of her generation.

Title:The Gunners
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781619029897
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    The Gunners Reviews

  • Elyse  Walters

    Update: $1.99 kindle special today!!! Good deal!!! This book is WAY ADDICTIVE!!! Audiobook... TOTAL DELIGHT!!! I can’t ever remember finishing an audiobook in two days. It’s simply a longer proces...

  • Larry H

    4.5 stars.From a young age, the six of them were inseparable friends—Mikey, Jimmy, Sam, Alice, Sally, and Lynn. They pranked and teased, protected and supported each other, and even helped each othe...

  • Diane S ?

    They called themselves the Gunners after the name on the mailbox of the old, deserted house that they used as a meeting place. They had been friends since early grade school, shared pranks, secrets, w...

  • Debra

    The "Gunners" were a group of childhood friends (Mickey, Sally, Sam, Alice, Jimmy, Lynn) who named themselves after the family who owned the old abandoned house which they used as their hangout locati...

  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)

    The Gunners are a group of six childhood friends from Lackawanna, New York. Together they congregate for hours at an old abandoned house whose mailbox provides the group namesake “ The Gunners”. A...

  • Tammy

    Psssst. Do you want to know secrets? This book has many secrets; almost too many. A group of friends reunite after one of them commits suicide. Feeling The Big Chill? The narrative moves back and fort...

  • Dianne

    On a recent vacation to Washington DC, my husband (a non-reader, but a very lovely man nonetheless) graciously agreed to stop by Politics and Prose bookstore, a visit that was somewhat of a “holy gr...

  • Bianca

    What a wonderful, little gem of a novel this was.Six childhood friends grow up, spread their wings and meet fifteen years later at one of their friend's funeral. Sally had committed suicide. She was s...

  • Brandice

    The Gunners is about a group of childhood friends who grew up outside Buffalo, returning as adults in their early 30s for a funeral, following the suicide of one of their group members, Sally. Mikey a...

  • PattyMacDotComma

    3.5★“Issa said, ‘Do you want to know what my mom used to say about honest questions?’ ‘What’s that?’‘They can be like farts. It feels good to let them out, but once you do, sometimes t...