The Gunners (Paperback)

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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


Kauffman has done something remarkable with The Gunners . . . She's made spending time with her characters] not just tolerable but delightful. And she's achieved this not by manufacturing likability, but by so convincingly rendering the affection between them that you accept each character's foibles as readily as they do one another's . . . There's so much generosity and spirit and humor shared by whatever characters are on the page at any given time that I was always happy to accompany them. --The New York Times Book Review

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.

A moving novel . . . Each character comes to terms with their dark past, and uncertain futures--like an intimate hangout session, dashed with suspense and few extra layers of emotional beauty. You'll find yourself thinking of Freaks and Geeks, The Big Chill, and maybe all those friends you've been meaning to text. --Entertainment Weekly, The Must List

About the Author

Rebecca Kauffman is originally from rural northeastern Ohio. She received her BA in classical violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and several years later, Kauffman received her MFA in creative writing from NYU. She currently lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She is the author of Another Place You've Never Been and The Gunners. Find more at

Product Details
ISBN: 9781640091948
ISBN-10: 1640091947
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Publication Date: March 12th, 2019
Pages: 288
Language: English