The Gunners

The Gunners Review

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

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • 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...

  • Elyse

    Audiobook... TOTAL DELIGHT!!! I can’t ever remember finishing an audiobook in two days. It’s simply a longer process than reading the same book.But this was SO ENGAGING!!!!!I was so involved with ...

  • 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...

  • Suzanne Leopold

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Perry

    Splendid, easy-on-the-eyes novel exploring friendships and friends we relish and reminisce, and moments we regret, from our youth, and deftly displaying love's legion latitudes and lambencies. 4.5 The...

  • Diane Barnes

    I'm going with 5 stars for this one, because it made me want to be a better person, better wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. Oh, the things we don't know about other people! The holes in thei...

  • Jessica Sullivan

    Oh, my heart. This book really snuck up on me. It reminded me of a 80s movie, like The Big Chill or The Breakfast Club or IT without the horror parts.They call themselves The Gunners, a group of child...

  • Laura

    I loved this one. Mikey was my favorite character. And you are perfect just the way you are!!!! Beautiful book on family and friends. Displays the good, the bad and the ugliness of relationships. Grea...