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


"A riveting portrayal of the joys and mysteries of growing up, and of friendship itself." --People

Mikey Callahan, a thirty-year-old who is suffering from the clouded vision of macular degeneration, struggles to establish human connections--even his emotional life is a blur. As the novel begins, he is reuniting with "The Gunners," his group of childhood friends, after one of them has committed suicide. Sally had distanced herself before ending her life, and she died harboring secrets about herself and her friends. In this quietly startling, beautiful book, Mikey, Alice, Lynn, Jimmy, and Sam search for the core of truth, friendship, and forgiveness.

"Kauffman has done something remarkable with The Gunners." --The New York Times Book Review

"A moving novel . . . Like an intimate hangout session, dashed with suspense and a few extra layers of emotional beauty." --Entertainment Weekly

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. Find more at

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