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You Know When The Men Are Gone

by Siobhan Fallon

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I wasn't sure how much I'd like this book because I don't like reading about war or soldiers, but I'd heard so much about it that I decided to give it a try. I finished it in one day! The book is comprised of short stories about soldiers in Iraq and the families they leave behind. The common thread in each story is Fort Hood, where the families are stationed. The characters are all well-developed, realistic, and unlike the others. They all face very different problems in their lives, such as realizing their spouses are cheating, dealing with PTSD, and losing a spouse in battle. The writing is very clean and well-done, and the plot twists pack an emotional punch. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
A collection of inter-connected short stories about men in the service of their country and the families they leave behind. Taken together, these tiny, heartfelt dramas give a startling portrait of an under-represented culture. The families of service men live in a sort of parallel world, where the war is not an abstract news item but a real and vivid nightmare. Beautiful, evocative, and haunting. These stories provide a glimpse into a world often glorified but rarely understood. ( )
  Juva | Apr 5, 2015 |
A collection of short stories about women living on base in Fort Hood, TX, none of which are related to esch other except for one. A little too whiny for me. (Blind Date with a Book) ( )
  cindyb29 | Jan 12, 2015 |
A very important book on a topic seldom examined in serious literature -- the lives of the families left behind by people fighting in a war. Often well written -- occasionally sloppy and cliched -- but always interesting and compelling. The families are treated with compassion and respect -- but not glorified or made into cartoons of heroes. These are real people, just trying to get through the day. ( )
  amydelpo | Dec 9, 2014 |
I was looking forward to reading this book, because we have been stationed in Ft. Hood, and also, my husband has been deployed many times. However, I was disappointed that the characters in the book mainly seem to only appear for one chapter. I wish that the author had developed the characters more. It seemed more like she wrote the outline for a possible TV show where each episode is centered on a different person. My husband, who also read the the book, said it felt like the first part of a trilogy, which he would read if it was published. ( )
  yukon92 | Mar 28, 2014 |
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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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