Rebecca Kauffman, The Gunners, In Conversation with Cari Luna
Join us for a reading, discussion, and Q&A with authors Rebecca Kauffman and Cari Luna as they discuss Kauffman's highly anticipated second novel, The Gunners.
Set in Lackawanna, a depressed suburb of Buffalo, New York, the story follows a once–close-knit group of six friends as they navigate the stresses of adulthood while grappling with long-held secrets from the past. Called “The Gunners” -- after the name on the mailbox of the abandoned house they hung out in as kids -- 30-year-old Mikey, Lynn, Alice, Sam, and Jimmy reunite for the first time since high school to pay their respects to their sixth member, Sally, who committed suicide. Kirkus Reviews says "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."
Rebecca Kauffman is originally from rural northeastern Ohio. She received her BA in Classical Violin Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and several years later she received her MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. She currently lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She is also the author of Another Place You’ve Never Been, which was a Center for Fiction long-list finalist.
Cari Luna is the author of The Revolution of Every Day, which won the Oregon Book Award for Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Jacobin, Electric Literature, Catapult, The Rumpus, PANK, and elsewhere. She lives in Portland.