The Gunners (Hardback)

Rebecca Kauffman

What's the point of friends if you can't share your secrets?

'Moments of high tension - involving closeted sexuality, unrequited love and hidden parentage - erupt from a narrative that wrongfoots you with its careful pace' Daily Mail

What's the point in friends, if you can't share your secrets?

The Gunners used to be inseparable. A gang of latchkey kids, they took their name from the doorbell of the abandoned house they played in as children - and drank in as teenagers. Together they navigated the difficult journey from childhood to adolescence and learnt their first vital lessons about becoming adults; Mikey, Sam, Lynn, Alice, Jimmy and Sally are more like a family than just friends.
One day, Sally suddenly stopped speaking to them and wouldn't explain why. Years later, Sally's suicide forces the Gunners back together for her funeral. All of them have secrets they are reluctant to share, secrets which mean they must reassess their happy memories and finally be honest about the reasons Sally left.
This is a generous and poignant novel about the difficulty - and the joy - of being a true friend.

Publication date: 10/01/2019

£12.99

ISBN: 9781788161053

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction

The Gunners (Ebook)

Rebecca Kauffman

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What's the point of friends if you can't share your secrets?

What's the point in friends, if you can't share your secrets?

The Gunners used to be inseparable. A gang of latchkey kids, they took their name from the doorbell of the abandoned house they played in as children - and drank in as teenagers. Together they navigated the difficult journey from childhood to adolescence and learnt their first vital lessons about becoming adults; Mikey, Sam, Lynn, Alice, Jimmy and Sally are more like a family than just friends.

One day, Sally suddenly stopped speaking to them and wouldn't explain why. Years later, Sally's suicide forces the Gunners back together for her funeral. All of them have secrets they are reluctant to share, secrets which mean they must reassess their happy memories and finally be honest about the reasons Sally left.

This is a generous and poignant novel about the difficulty - and the joy - of being a true friend.

Publication date: 10/01/2019

£5.99

ISBN: 9781782834700

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction

The Gunners (Paperback)

Rebecca Kauffman

What's the point of friends if you can't share your secrets?

What's the point in friends, if you can't share your secrets?

The Gunners used to be inseparable. A gang of latchkey kids, they took their name from the doorbell of the abandoned house they played in as children - and drank in as teenagers. Together they navigated the difficult journey from childhood to adolescence and learnt their first vital lessons about becoming adults; Mikey, Sam, Lynn, Alice, Jimmy and Sally are more like a family than just friends.

One day, Sally suddenly stopped speaking to them and wouldn't explain why. Years later, Sally's suicide forces the Gunners back together for her funeral. All of them have secrets they are reluctant to share, secrets which mean they must reassess their happy memories and finally be honest about the reasons Sally left.

This is a generous and poignant novel about the difficulty - and the joy - of being a true friend.

Publication date: 04/07/2019

£8.99

ISBN: 9781788161060

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction

Rebecca Kauffman

Rebecca Kauffman

Rebecca Kauffman is originally from rural Ohio. She studied Classical Violin Performance at the Manhattan School of Music before receiving an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU. She is the author of three novels Another Place You've Never Been, The Gunners and The House on Fripp Island. She currently lives in Virginia.