You Know When the Men Are Gone

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Penguin, Jan 20, 2011 - Fiction - 240 pages
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“Gripping, straight-up, no-nonsense stories about American soldiers and their families. . . simple, tough, and true.”—The New York Times

“Prose that's brave and honest.”—People

“Terrific. . . and terrifically illuminating.”The Washington Post

An award-winning story collection from the author of The Confusion of Languages.

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 talent of tremendous note.
 

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User Review  - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing

An elegantly written short story collection, with a unique setting (at least, I don't know of any other story collections set on a military base). I wasn't totally blown away, but on the other hand ... Read full review

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User Review  - booksandblintzes - LibraryThing

This was a beautifully written and insightful read. I was particularly moved by Fallon's ability light yet deep portrayal of the challenges and supports for soldiers and their wives living on base and ... Read full review

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Contents

YOU KNOW WHEN THE MEN ARE GONE
CAMP LIBERTY
REMISSION
INSIDE THE BREAK
THE LAST STAND
LEAVE
YOU SURVIVED THE WAR NOW SURVIVE THE HOMECOMING
AUTHORS NOTE
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About the author (2011)

Siobhan Fallon is the author of the novel The Confusion of Languages and the short story collection You Know When the Men Are Gone, which won the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction, the Indies Choice Honor Award, and the Texas Institute of Letters Award for First Fiction. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Military SpouseThe Huffington Post, and NPR’s Morning Edition, among others. She and her family moved to Jordan in 2011, and they currently live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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