The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman

The Gunners

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...

Details The Gunners

TitleThe Gunners
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction

Reviews The Gunners

  • 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 other cheat in school. They became The Gunners, after the name on the mailbox of the abandoned house in their neighborhood they took over as their de-facto clubhouse. Even into their teenage years, they knew they'd be friends forever. But of course, that...
  • 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 the characters and their stories, that I literally had my iPhone attached to me for 2 days —hours of listening without ever wanting a break. For readers who enjoyed “St. Elmo’s Fire”, “The Big Chill”, “A Little Life”, there’s a grea...
  • 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, were there for each other, were each other's safe place. Three boys, three girls, inseparable friends, until they are sixteen and Sally stops speaking to them. The other five profess not to know why this has happened, but she would never speak to them...
  • 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”. At sixteen, Sally exits the group without an explanation. The members are baffled by her actions but continue to meet until the end of high school. Fifteen years later, the group finally reconnects for Sally’s funeral.They spend a weekend together r...
  • 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 grail” mission for me. A number of my Goodreads friends live in the DC area and I have always been super jealous of their access to amazing author events. That particular Saturday, authors Mira T. Lee (“Everything Here is Beautiful”) and Rebecca ...
  • Bianca
    What a wonderful, little gem of a novel this was.Six childhood friends grow up, spread their wings and meet fifteen years later at one of their friend's funeral. Sally had committed suicide. She was special to all of them. Each of them knew different sides of Sally, while Sally knew secrets about each of them. Nobody really knew Sally, or each other, as a matter of fact. And isn't that the case about everyone we know?Each and every individual has...
  • 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 forth between childhood and adulthood as the group tries to make sense out of the senseless. There's gestalt going on here and one's perception of the truth will never equal or exceed the whole truth. The writing is uneven. At times, I was reading litera...
  • 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 characters' emotions are raw, true and human, moreso than in nearly all novels I have read. And yet, Ms. Kauffman never seemed to be aiming at a reaction from me, as reader. That combo is special. Really special. I loved this little novel. I lapped ...
  • 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 their hearts, the needs they never voice, the pain they keep inside. Being human carries a lot of baggage, even for the lucky ones. "That word "love"... It was scary and outlandish to him. But what was life if not a long series of scary and outlandish th...
  • 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 childhood friends who, in spite of being very different, become bonded at a young age. Years later, when they’re all in their early 30s, they reunite when a member of the group commits suicide.Over the course of this short novel, we come to know each of...
  • Camie
    "For we live with those retrievals from childhood that coalesce and echo throughout our lives, the way shattered pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope reappear in new forms and are songlike in their refrains and rhymes, making up a single monologue. We live permanently in the recurrence of our own stories, whatever story we tell. " From Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje. For me this book is in the category of I just picked it up and didn't mean to read ...
  • 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. Great read!
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    If you are craving a bit of Big Chill nostalgia this summer, The Gunners is a great choice! Childhood relationships are revisited when six friends return to their hometown for a funeral of one of their own who committed suicide. Each character feels some responsibility for the departure of their late friend and they reveal secrets from their past they had kept from others in the group. As much as they knew and loved each other as kids, their some...
  • debra
    4.5*s Really enjoyed this one on audio. Maybe started a tad slow, but then it has you. Read the top-notch reviews written by Larry H, and Diane S.
  • Sonja Arlow
    3.5 starsThis was a sneaky little book. It slowly lured me in until I was completely under its spell.I started reading this thinking it’s a nice and easy read about the lives and secrets of childhood friends. Some of which I liked better than others.But towards the 2/3 mark I found myself really caring for all them, even Alice who initially irritated the ever living crap out of me.Six neighbourhood friends who named themselves “The Gunners”...
  • Tara - Running 'n' Reading
    Having endured several unsatisfying experiences, I hesitate to pick up an author's sophomore effort when I'm not already familiar with their work. Rebecca Kauffman has defied those odds; to say that this novel exceeded my expectations is a major understatement. The Gunners is spectacularly stunning and, several days after finishing, I continue to think about these characters, mull over their stories, and desperately grasp for a definition or desc...
  • Fatma
    *sigh* this was aggressively mediocre, somehowI don't know what's been going on with me lately but omg have I been reading the most boring medicore painfully vanilla books The Gunners is the latest in a string of Meh books I've recently read and instantly regretted reading. First of all, I could not tell you anything about this book to save my life. I don't even know what the point of this book was. Someone committed suicide and then some people ...
  • Kelly
    The Gunners are a group of childhood friends who reunite after the suicide death of Sally, one of the members. Sally had left the group during high school before the rest disbanded after graduation. Each member of the group feels some responsibility for Sally's death based on past secrets. This is a lovely tale of friendship that lasts over time, individual moments that change things, and forgiveness. I loved each one of the unique and well-drawn...
  • Janelle
    Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy of THE GUNNERS by Rebecca Kauffman - all opinions are my own. Mikey Callahan and his childhood friends Alice, Sally, Lynn, Jimmy, and Sam make up a group called The Gunners, named after a surname found on the side of a mailbox outside of an abandoned house where they spend their time. They are inseparable for a time but eventually all go their separate ways. Then one day news hits...
  • Lauren
    I don't like putting negative energy out into the universe, but I have to let you know that I was not a fan of this book. I found the plot trite and overdone. Macular degeneration? I just read All The Light We Cannot See, which does it 100 times better. Friends in a small town and the intimate dynamics between them? Where to begin! I've read dozens of books with very similar premises. And for a book to have a lackluster overarching concept, in my...
  • Canadian Reader
    A pretty lacklustre redo of an equally unspectacular film—The Big Chill, only with Generation X characters. Instead of friends who met in college, we have friends who met in childhood and used to congregate in abandoned house (formerly owned by “The Gunners”) in Lackawanna, a derelict suburb of Buffalo, New York. The greater part of the book consists of conversation and spilled secrets when the group meets for a funeral. (One of the friends...
  • Amy Morgan
    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Wow this book! I was enthralled from start to finish which was only about a total of 3 hours because I could not put this down! The gunners started out as a group of ragtag kids that basically had no other friends. They spent all their time together until one day Sally defects from the group their junior year of high school and no one knows why. As the rest of the group moves away from their lo...
  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    A bit sad but hopeful read about a group of childhood friends named The Gunners now adults who reunite when one of their own commits suicide. I enjoyed the close bond of these friends who through the course of their years growing up have harbored feelings and secrets. From Mickey, one of the main protagonists who grows up never knowing his mother and lives with his often silent and brooding father to Alice the daring tomboy and leader of the grou...
  • Jamise // Spines & Vines
    I struggled between 4.5 vs 5 Stars. I think it was a perfect story that entered my hands at the perfect time.The Gunners is a story about friendship, family, love, secrets and loss. Mikey, Jimmy, Sam, Alice, Sally, and Lynn are a group of childhood friends who reunite when they are in their 30s after a member of their group commits suicide. The story is set in present day with nuanced moments from the past weaved into the story. I was completely ...
  • Stacey A. Prose and Palate
    Well that was fantastic. Review to come.
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    I’ve seen many describe this as The Big Chill with GenXers. A group of childhood friends reunites following the suicide of one of their members. It is a story about the complexity of life in general - friendship, family, love and loss. 3.5⭐ I’ve seen many describe this as The Big Chill with GenXers. A group of childhood friends reunites following the suicide of one of their members. It is a story about the complexity of life in general - ...
  • Elaine
    I wasn't sure what to expect from The Gunners. Okay, I was thinking a cross between The Goonies and The Scooby Doo Gang but it wasn't like that at all.It was abrupt. Also, it wasn't a mystery. The Gunners is about Mikey and his childhood group of friends who reconnect when one of their own commit suicide inexplicably. To make the tragedy even more devastating, Sally had cut off contact with all of them in their final year of high school with n...
  • Laura
    This is a story about six childhood friends, and the fallout after one of them, now an adult, commits suicide. It was well-written and easy to get into, but a little too melodramatic for me. The main character, Mikey, became someone I really liked and respected, and his relationship with one of the other main characters by the end turned this book for me and I'd be willing to give it 3.5+ stars for that reason. I'd also be interested in reading m...
  • Elissa
    The Gunners is a story about friendship, family and loss told from the perspective of a group of childhood best friends who reunite in their early 30s after one of their own commits suicide. The novel, which weaves the group's present-day reunion with moments from their childhood, paints a nuanced, beautiful and often funny portrait of each character that kept me absorbed until the final page. The novel never spells out the exact reasons for Sall...