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You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
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Jan 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: books-read-in-2011
Read from January 23 to 29, 2011

These related short stories depict Army life from the eyes of (mostly) the women left at home. Some of the marriages were hastily put together prior to deployment or quickly assembled to wives met while on deployment, others are well established relationships, all emphasize how hard it is to be apart so often and for so long as the war in the Middle East continues on. Fallon illustrates how hard it is to miss out on the day to day, the ordinary, whether that concerns raising the children, the loss of a pregnancy, illness, or infidelities, some real, others imagined. There’s also the horror of what the troops are going through and the possibility of their being wounded or killed. The not knowing on both sides is their common enemy. Fallon does a great job showing the unknowing general public what these military families go through.
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