December 9, 2010

You Know When the Men Are Gone By Siobhan Fallon

You Know When the Men Are Gone

This is an unforgettable collection of interconnected short stories.  There is an army of women waiting for their men to return in Fort Hood, Texas. Through a series of loosely interconnected stories, Siobhan Fallon takes readers onto the base, inside the homes, into the marriages and families-intimate places not seen in newspaper articles or politicians' speeches.

When you leave Fort Hood, the sign above the gate warns, You've Survived the War, Now Survive the Homecoming. That's basically what You Know When the Men Are Gone is about.

This book will be published January 20th, but a few of us at the bookstore have been lucky enough to read it.  One of my fellow booksellers is a retired Marine, and her husband has just retired; we were able to ascertain that she felt this book was very realistic and a fair representation of what goes on, on a military base.  I thought this book was both devastating and beautiful.

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