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.
Praise forThe Gunners
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)
1 of 60 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018 (Huffington Post)
One of the Most Anticipated Fiction Books of 2018 (Chicago Review of Books)
1 of 20 Books PureWow Can't Wait to Read in 2018
1 of 101 Books to get excited about in 2018 (BookRiot)
1 of 30 Biggest Book Club Books Coming in 2018 (BookBub)
1 of My Top 5 Most Anticipated Reads of 2018 (PatienceRandle.com)
1 of the Most Anticipated New Releases of 2018 (Reading Women)
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection
A Loan Stars Librarian Pick for the Month of March —Quill & Quire
"WithThe Gunners, Rebecca Kauffman enters the grand tradition of friendship novels by understanding they are just another type of love story, full of as much pain and exhilaration as any classic romance." —NYLON, 1 of 50 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018
"A wonderful new novel." —Southern Living, "Our Bookshelves Can't Wait for These Spring 2018 Releases"
"Perceptive, funny, and endearing . . . Reminiscent ofThe Big Chill andSt. 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)
"Kauffman has created vivid and compelling characters struggling with what is in some ways the most universal dilemma: how to grow up. 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." —Kirkus Reviews
"Novels about friendships are the new fad but trust me when I tell you that this one is truly superlative. A gracefully endearing story which delves deeply into the nature of childhood friendship while also shining a light on chronic illness and LGTBQ rights." —Chicago Review of Books, The Most Anticipated Fiction Books of 2018
"A little bit likeThe Big Chill, Kauffman’s (Another Place You’ve Never Been, 2016) quiet and deep second novel reconciles the responsibilities we carry and the secrets we keep with the outsize pleasure of being known and loved by a chosen family." —Booklist
"I recommend you read every single thing Rebecca Kauffman writes—start with this beautiful novel, and start now." —Julie Buntin, author ofMarlena
"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, author ofDear Fang, with Love and The Girls from Corona del Mar
"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, author ofSmall Blessings
"I inhaledThe Gunners in a single sitting, because I couldn’t stand to be away from it once I started it. Rebecca Kauffman's brilliantly rendered story of six childhood friends tells the hard truth about human love—what it seems to be from far away, and what it really is up close—boldly, with compassion and warmth and humor." —Kayla Rae Whitaker, author ofThe Animators
Praise forAnother Place You've Never Been
Longlisted for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
"Fans of the vignette style of Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" might enjoy Rebecca Kauffman's take on theroman Ã clef. It's an inventive debut that's already been compared to Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad and from an indie press, to boot!" —Huffington Post
"[A] wonderful debut… Watching how these characters intersect is incredibly satisfying. In clear and vivid prose, Kauffman potently depicts lonely and isolated lives, marked by rash decisions made in the hope of finding connection. By the end of the novel, the pieces of the puzzle that is Tracy's life fit together, her disappointments as much a part of her as her small victories, resulting in an undeniably moving and emotionally true portrayal of the kitchen sink of human experience."—Publishers Weekly(starred and boxed review)
"Kauffman's compassion for her lonely characters is evident." —Kirkus Reviews
"Kauffman's immediately involving novel-in-stories, delivered in crisp language and with a strong sense of the characters surrounding her." —Library Journal
"Kauffman's prose is spare and vivid. She knows just the right details to bring a place or a person to life. It's fun to anticipate the connections among characters from story to story, and to watch Tracy realize how the relationship with her father has colored her choices…Another Place You've Never Been is a moving, elegantly constructed tribute to human frailty and loss, and to our stubborn insistence on striving for human connection despite a slew of obstacles. In the character of Tracy, Kauffman has given us a fascinating portrait of a modern, tragic heroine, and a lens into our own darkest, most hopeful places." —Fiction Advocate
"Through the eyes of the characters in these stories—many tragic but making the best of what they have—we glimpse Kauffman's deep and abiding empathy." —Read it Forward, Favorite Read for October
"Another Place You've Never Been is a gorgeous, witty novel that reminded me ofOlive Kitteridge… if Olive had been a down-on-her-luck waitress dreaming of love in upstate New York. I loved this kindhearted, beautiful book." —Amanda Ward, author ofThe Same Sky
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