The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman
A Novel

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As a reader I understand that he wants to flee, yet I can’t help wanting to stay. Still, 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.
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"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.

 

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Published March 15, 2018 by Counterpoint. 224 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Dec 24 2017

Mikey especially is mature and thoughtful but not at all precious; and the boisterous, hilarious Alice is charming despite her best efforts to behave otherwise. In fluid prose, Kauffman lays bare the lessons of youth and truth. A layered and loving bildungsroman of friendship.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Xhenet Aliu on May 11 2018

As a reader I understand that he wants to flee, yet I can’t help wanting to stay. Still, 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.

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Above average
Reviewed by Lily Meyer on Mar 22 2018

Another thing literary novelists don't often let themselves do is write novels with morals, or messages, but The Gunners has one. It's clear, though not easy: Accept your emotions. Feel them bluntly, plainly. Allow yourself to flinch. There isn't a better way forward. Not in life, and not, I suspect, on the page.

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