You Know When the Men Are Gone (Paperback)

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This collection of linked short stories looks in on the unique community and experience of family life on an army base. A few of the stories are set overseas, but they deal primarily with the soldiers' relationships with those they've left behind and the often troublesome transition back to civilian life. The majority of the stories probe the inherent difficulties of having an absent spouse, with joys and sorrows that feel equally potent and honest.

— From Emily A.

Summer 2012 Reading Group


“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

Description


“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 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.

Praise For…


“Gripping, straight-up, no-nonsense stories about American soldiers and their families. . . simple, tough, and true.”—The New York Times

“The explosive sort of literary triumph tthat appears only every few years. As such, it should not be missed.”—New York Journal of Books

“Fascinating.”—O, the Oprah Magazine

“[A] searing collection.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Poignant...compelling...likely to inform and move many readers.”—The Boston Globe

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

“Each of Fallon's stories leaves the reader wanting more...compulsively readable and memorable, stories of unsung courage displayed by characters hard to forget.”—The Denver Post

“Lovely and wrenching...vivid and elegant...a compassionate yet unflinching portrait of the mdoern-day home front.”—Los Angeles Times

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

“Each story's characters immediately grip the reader.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“[A] powerful, resonant debut collection.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“In this poignant and beautiful collection of linked stories, Siobhan Fallon has created a world of characters we need to know.  These are our wounded, our courageous, our disheartened, our cynical and our brave.  You won't read these stories on the front pages of the newspaper, but still they feel like a news flash about the emotional toll of war. You Know When the Men Are Gone delivers to us the inner lives of families who fight for our country while fighting their own deepest fears and demons. This is a brave and illuminating book.”—Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion
 
“Siobhan Fallon is a remarkable debut author whose first collection of short stories, You Know When the Men Are Gone, signals the debut of a new American talent. I was drawn into a world I had never seen before, and found heartache, courage, and laughter there.”—Jean Kwok, author of Girl in Translation
 
“What a fascinating, rare glimpse into the domesticity of war. This is a wonderful debut.  Each beautifully rendered story is braced with intelligence and wisdom.”—Jill Ciment, author of The Tattoo Artist
 
“There is the war we know—from Hollywood and CNN, about dirt-smeared soldiers disarming IEDs and roaring along in Humvees and kicking down the doors of terrorist hideouts—and then there is the battleground at home depicted by breakout author Siobhan Fallon, an army wife with a neglected, deeply important perspective and a staggering arsenal of talent, her sentences popping like small arm fire, her stories scaring a gasp out of you like tracer rounds burning in the night sky over your home town.”—Benjamin Percy, author of The Wilding, Refresh, Refresh, and The Language of Elk
 
“Siobhan Fallon's You Know When the Men are Gone is a haunting elegy to those who bear the real burden when our nation goes to war: the spouses and children left behind. She writes with the authority of hard-earned experience, and this collection of stories has much to teach us all.”—Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer
 
“A brilliant work of fiction that speaks a haunting truth on every page. This is an important work that should be embraced by the military community and beyond.”—Tanya Biank, Author of Army Wives, the basis for the Lifetime TV drama Army Wives
 
A stunning debut. Fallon's prose is spare and clean and beautiful, but it is her characters that will leave you breathless...This is a devastating book, and beautiful. Devastatingly beautiful.”—Michael David Lukas, author of The Oracle of Stamboul
 
“Fallon writes with grace and intelligence about the army wives at Fort Hood who are waiting for their men to return from Iraq...a poignant debut, written with the kind of love and detailed accuracy that can only come from living behind the barbed wire at Fort Hood...You Know When the Men Are Gone is funny, sad, wise, and essential.”—Rebecca Rasmussen, author of The Bird Sisters

“Siobhan Fallon's You Know When the Men Are Gone helps close the cultural gap in understanding between military families and civilians. These stories hold a mirror up to the lives of servicemembers and their spouses, and because the tales are beautifully and sensitively told, they spur conversations that Americans need to engage in.”—Alison Buckholtz, author of Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War


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