You Know When the Men Are Gone (Paperback)

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April 2012 Indie Next List


“Surprising, get-under-your-skin characters populate the spare landscape of Fort Hood, Texas, in this collection of linked stories that will have a compelling effect on even the most skeptical reader. Fallon opens a window into military base life from the perspective of the quiet supporters -- spouses, children and injured vets - who stay home when the men deploy. A riveting debut!”
— Nicole Magistro, The Bookworm of Edwards, Edwards, CO

February 2011 Indie Next List


“Surprising, get-under-your-skin characters populate the spare landscape of Fort Hood, Texas, in this collection of linked stories that will have a compelling effect on even the most skeptical reader. Fallon opens a window into military base life from the perspective of the quiet supporters - spouses, children and injured vets - who stay home when the men deploy. A riveting debut!”
— Nicole Magistro, The Bookworm of Edwards, Edwards, CO

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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.

About the Author


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 Spouse, The 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780451234391
ISBN-10: 0451234391
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2012
Pages: 256
Language: English