The Gunners (Hardcover)

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The Gunners is a remarkable novel about a group of friends who are reunited after ten years when one of them commits suicide. The result of this reunion is an evening full of long-awaited confessions and secret telling between them. Don’t let the simplicity of this plot fool you. Each character has something to reveal and literary writer, Rebecca Kauffman, attacks the emotional state of each character with direct, and unforgivably honest writing. The message she plants in this novel is clear, though not easy: Experience and accept your emotions no matter how jarring they come at you. That’s how we move forward. If you enjoy reading complex characters you can grip on to, pick up The Gunners this spring!” 

— Stephanie Coleman, Director of Buying


"Perceptive, funny, and endearing . . . Reminiscent of The Big Chill and St. Elmo's Fire, this remarkable novel is just as satisfying and provides readers with an entire cast of characters who will feel like old friends upon finishing." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Named 1 of 50 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018 (NYLON)
Named a Spring 2018 Release Our Bookshelves Can't Wait for (Southern Living)
Named 1 of 60 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018 (Huffington Post)

Following 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.

About the Author

REBECCA KAUFFMAN is originally from rural northeastern Ohio. She received her B.A. in Classical Violin Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and several years later, she received her M.F.A. in creative writing from New York University. She currently lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She is also the author of Another Place You've Never Been, which was long-listed for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781619029897
ISBN-10: 1619029898
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Publication Date: March 20th, 2018
Pages: 224
Language: English