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You Know When The Men Are Gone

by Siobhan Fallon

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This is a book that should be widely read to give everyone a glimpse into the experience of military families during the conflict in Iraq. It doesn't matter whether you agree with the war or not. It is because of these families and their unique struggles, that for many, will follow them for the rest of their lives, that people can enjoy the luxury of disagreeing. My comment on the style is only that many of the stories seemed to end very abruptly. ( )
  MaureenCean | Feb 2, 2016 |
Stories of families and soldiers weaved together dealing with deployment, the return home, injuries, loss, and love. An eyeopening read. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
Stories of families and soldiers weaved together dealing with deployment, the return home, injuries, loss, and love. An eyeopening read. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
This collection of short stories was quite emotional, but very worthwhile as a window into the challenging lives of army troops who were stationed in Iraq, their spouses who waited at home, and their reunions. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
I was deeply touched by this book when I remembered the pain and uncertainty of being a military wife when my husband was deployed. The feeling of belonging to a group of wives experiencing the same fears and sharing their unique joys and challenges probably can't be understood by civilians. There is a depth of understanding of what people in the military and their families endure that I hope will resonate with those who enjoy the freedoms that are hard earned. No one wants war, especially those in the front lines. Many of my husband's West Point classmates didn't come home, and are forever deeply missed. We owe so much to those who sacrificed. I hope we never take for granted what they who serve and those who love them are doing for all of us. ( )
  pdebolt | Dec 26, 2015 |
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"In an accomplished debut story collection, Fallon lays bare the lonely lives of military families when the men go to war. In these eight loosely connected tales, the families of Fort Hood, Texas, wait for their men to come home. That waiting, filled with anxiety, boredom and sometimes resentment, creates a Godot-like existence, in which real life begins only when a soldier’s deployment ends... Fallon reveals the mostly hidden world of life on base for military families, and offers a powerful, unsentimental portrait of America at war. A fresh look at the Iraq war as it plays out on the domestic front."

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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.) (STARRED REVIEW)
 
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To K.C. : best friend, husband, father solider. You are always worth the wait.
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In Fort Hood housing, like all army housing, you get used to hearing through the walls.
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A collection of interconnected stories relate the experiences of Fort Hood military wives who share a poignant vigil during which they raise children while waiting for their husbands to return.
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