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You Know When the Men Are Gone by [Fallon, Siobhan]
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Starred Review. The crucial role of military wives becomes clear in Fallon's powerful, resonant debut collection, where the women are linked by absence and a pervading fear that they'll become war widows. In the title story, a war bride from Serbia finds she can't cope with the loneliness and her outsider status, and chooses her own way out. The wife in "Inside the Break" realizes that she can't confront her husband's probable infidelity with a female soldier in Iraq; as in other stories, there's a gap between what she can imagine and what she can bear to know. In "Remission," a cancer patient waiting on the results of a crucial test is devastated by the behavior of her teenage daughter, and while the trials of adolescence are universal, this story is particularized by the unique tensions between military parents and children. One of the strongest stories, "You Survived the War, Now Survive the Homecoming," attests to the chasm separating men who can't speak about the atrocities they've experienced and their wives, who've lived with their own terrible burdens. Fallon writes with both grit and grace: her depiction of military life is enlivened by telling details, from the early morning sound of boots stomping down the stairs to the large sign that tallies automobile fatalities of troops returned from Iraq. Significant both as war stories and love stories, this collection certifies Fallon as an indisputable talent. (Jan.)
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“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

  • File Size: 749 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; 1 edition (January 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00475ARTS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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