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 30-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.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"I recommend you read every single thing Rebecca Kauffman writes start with this beautiful novel, and start now." - Julie Buntin

"Kauffman's prose is restrained in a way that causes it to actually vibrate in places, and her details are so richly observed they feel like gems, impossible things mined from deep under the earth. Funny, raw, and deeply elegant, The Gunners is ultimately a meditation on friendship, that least examined, most mysterious form of love, perhaps more sacred for its incompleteness, for the ways we can never fool ourselves completely into believing we truly know one another.'" - Rufi Thorpe

"The Gunners explores what it means to have people crawl into your heart and settle in for a lifetime. In this lovely, truthful novel of six people who have been friends since childhood, Rebecca Kauffman strips enduring love of all its usual romantic costumery, and shows us how it actually works.'" - Martha Woodroof


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Hardback Editions

January 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Gunners
Author(s): Rebecca Kauffman
ISBN: 1-78816-105-X / 978-1-78816-105-3 (UK edition)
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Title: The Gunners: A Novel
Author(s): Rebecca Kauffman
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July 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Gunners
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Title: The Gunners: A Novel
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March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Gunners: A Novel
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Title: The Gunners: A Novel
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Title: The Gunners
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January 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Gunners
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March 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Gunners: A Novel
Author(s): Rebecca Kauffman
Publisher: Counterpoint
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