You Know When the Men Are Gone

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You Know When the Men Are Gone

Format:  Paperback,

226 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Jan 2012

ISBN-13: 9780451234391

ISBN-10: 0451234391

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Through fiction of dazzling skill and astonishing emotional force, Siobhan Fallon welcomes readers into the American army base at Fort Hood, Texas, where U.S. soldiers prepare to fight, and where their families are left to cope after the men are gone. They'll meet a wife who discovers unsettling secrets when she hacks into her husband's email, and a teenager who disappears as her mother fights cancer. There is the foreign born wife who has tongues wagging over her late hours, and the military intelligence officer who plans a covert mission against his own home.

Powerful, singular, and unforgettable, these stories will resonate deeply with readers and mark the debut of a new talent of tremendous note.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Jan 2012
ISBN-13: 9780451234391
ISBN-10: 0451234391
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 226
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.45
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.5 x 0.5
Walmart No.: 9780451234391

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Review by Library Journal (2011-05-15)

In this debut collection of eight loosely interconnected tales, author Fallon (www.siobhanfallon.com), who lived at Fort Hood, TX, while her husband served two tours of duty in Iraq, seizes the uncertainty, fear, and tedium that military wives as well as their husbands face. From a soldier returning home to news that his wife wants a divorce to a wife trying to cope with her husband's death by a roadside bomb in Iraq, Fallon's graceful, starkly unflinching stories capture the private dramas of the military that rarely reach the press. Actress/Audie Award nominee Cassandra Campbell narrates in a clear voice that emphasizes each character's individuality. Strongly recommended for listeners seeking an inside look at military life as well as for anyone interested in well-written, engaging stories.

- Nancy Ives, SUNY at Geneseo

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2010-11-15)

Fallon's accomplished debut short story collection offers a glimpse into a world few civilians will ever experience: Fort Hood, TX. Fort Hood is a place where husbands and fathers pack their gear and leave for deployments of a year or longer. Left behind are the families, and each of the eight stories describes a different spouse or family coping with such a prolonged absence. The wife and mother with breast cancer, the teenage bride, the young mother, the Serbian wife who speaks little English-each deals with the stress and loneliness of her husband's deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan in her own way.

Some isolate themselves, choosing to live off base or move back in with their families. Others embrace the company and support of other army wives and attend Family Readiness Group meetings. This might be a work of fiction, but Fallon's work is remarkably real, and each story's characters immediately grip the reader.

Verdict: Excellent; even readers who do not usually read short stories should seek out this book.

-Shaunna Hunter, Hampden-Sydney Coll. Lib., VA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2011-10-01)

Debut author Fallon, who lived at Fort Hood, TX, while her husband was deployed, offers a gripping collection of loosely interconnected short stories that explore how women cope when their husbands are sent off to war. A solid performance by veteran narrator Cassandra Campbell adds poignancy. (LJ 5/15/11)

Awards and Recognitions

  • PEN Center USA West Literary Awards, 2012 (United States)

Book description

Through fiction of dazzling skill and astonishing emotional force, Siobhan Fallon welcomes readers into the American army base at Fort Hood, Texas, where U.S. soldiers prepare to fight, and where their families are left to cope after the men are gone. They'll meet a wife who discovers unsettling secrets when she hacks into her husband's email, and a teenager who disappears as her mother fights cancer. There is the foreign born wife who has tongues wagging over her late hours, and the military intelligence officer who plans a covert mission against his own home.

Powerful, singular, and unforgettable, these stories will resonate deeply with readers and mark the debut of a new talent of tremendous note.

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