The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman

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The Gunners Read Online Free - 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
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ISBN : 1619029898
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 pages


Larry rated it ★★★★☆

April 14, 2018

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...

Elyse rated it ★★★★★

March 26, 2018

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...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

March 27, 2018

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 frie...

Suzanne rated it ★★★★★

March 11, 2018

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 c...

Tammy rated it ★★★★☆

March 29, 2018

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...

Diane rated it ★★★★★

April 15, 2018

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 bag...

Jessica rated it ★★★★★

April 04, 2018

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, wh...

Laura rated it ★★★★★

April 12, 2018

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!

Tara - Running 'n' Reading rated it ★★★★★

March 22, 2018

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 stunni...

Camie rated it ★★★★★

April 02, 2018

"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 st...

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