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You Know When the Men Are Gone

by Siobhan Fallon

You Know When the Men Are Gone
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2011, 240 pages
    Paperback:
    Jan 2012, 240 pages

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Reminiscent of Raymond Carver and Tim O'Brien, an unforgettable collection of interconnected short stories

In You Know When the Men Are Gone, debut author Siobhan Fallon vividly shows readers the human cost of the current conflict in Iraq, both on the front lines and, just as poignantly, on the home front. Fallon, who lived at Fort Hood while her husband completed two tours of duty, writes with authority and authentic emotion about the challenges and conflicts facing soldiers and the families they leave behind.

In the title story, Meg, a soldier's wife who has resisted pressure to have children because she dreads the thought of raising babies alone while her husband is deployed, becomes fixated on her new next-door neighbor, a beautiful Serbian immigrant whose troubling personal history and cavalier attitude toward parenting both frighten and fascinate Meg.

In "Camp Liberty," Sergeant David Mogeson, a former investment banker who joined up after 9/11, ...

Useful to note: Siobhan is an Irish form of Joan, and is pronounced Sh-vawn

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