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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Kauffman Narrator: Michael David Axtell Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2018 ISBN: 9781538539262
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Perceptive, funny, and endearing…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)

  • “A little bit like The Big Chill, Kauffman’s 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

  • “Kauffman has created vivid and compelling characters struggling with what is in some ways the most universal dilemma: how to grow up…In fluid prose, Kauffman lays bare the lessons of youth and truth. A layered and loving bildungsroman of friendship.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • 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 of Small Blessings

  • “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 of Dear Fang, with Love

  • “I recommend you read every single thing Rebecca Kauffman writes—start with this beautiful novel, and start now.”

    Julie Buntin, author of Marlena

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About the Author

Rebecca Kauffman is originally from rural northeastern Ohio. She eventually moved to New York City, where she received her BA in classical violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Rebecca later attended New York University, where she received her MFA in creative writing. She currently lives in Virginia.

About the Narrator

Michael David Axtell is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.