If adult friends are the people who help you navigate the pitfalls of work, family and matching your shoes to your handbag, childhood friends are the ones who largely shape the type of person you become.
These formative (and ever-changing) friendships are at the heart of Rebecca Kauffman’s new novel, The Gunners.
In upstate New York in the 1980s, Mikey, Lynn, Sally, Alice, Sam and Jimmy are inseparable from a young age. They call themselves The Gunners (after the name on the mailbox outside of the abandoned house that serves as their meeting place) and essentially do everything together.
That is, until junior year of high school, when Sally suddenly and inexplicably abandons the group. In the years that follow, the remaining Gunners drift apart, until they’re reunited in their hometown in their early 30s after Sally commits