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

"Fascinating." -- O, the Oprah Magazine


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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User Review  - MaureenCean - LibraryThing

This is a book that should be widely read to give everyone a glimpse into the experience of military families during the conflict in Iraq. It doesn't matter whether you agree with the war or not. It ... Read full review

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User Review  - cindyb29 - LibraryThing

A collection of short stories about women living on base in Fort Hood, TX, none of which are related to esch other except for one. A little too whiny for me. (Blind Date with a Book) 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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Siobhan Fallon lived at Fort Hood for three years while her husband, a majorin the Army, was deployed to Iraq for two tours of duty. She earned her MFA at the New School in New York City.

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