More About the Author
Siobhan Fallon is the author of You Know When the Men Are Gone, which was listed as a Best Book of 2011 by The San Francisco Chronicle, Self Magazine, Los Angeles Public Library, Janet Maslin of The New York Times, and won a 2012 Indies Choice Honor Award, the Texas Institute of Letters Award for First Fiction, and the 2012 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Fiction. Her collection of stories about the families of Fort Hood, Texas, during an Army brigade's deployment to Iraq, has been called "the explosive sort of literary triumph that appears only every few years" by New York Journal of Books, "a terrific and terrifically illuminating book" by The Washington Post, a "searing collection" by Entertainment Weekly, and "fascinating" by O, The Oprah Magazine. Theatrical productions of her stories include performances by Word for Word in San Francisco and Stories on Stage in Denver. More of Siobhan's work has appeared in Women's Day, Good Housekeeping, New Letters, Publishers' Weekly, NPR's The Morning Edition, Huffington Post, and she writes a fiction series for Military Spouse Magazine. Siobhan has an MFA from the New School in NYC. For more about Siobhan, please go to: www.siobhanfallon.com
"...gripping, straight-up, no-nonsense stories" The New York Times
"There is the war we know - from Hollywood and CNN- and then there is the battleground at home depicted by breakout author Siobhan Fallon, an army wife with...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
"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 deepest fears and demons. This is a brave and illuminating book."
-- Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion
"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: 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
"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 Heroic Measures
"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