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You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
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Mar 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, short-stories
Read from March 05 to 07, 2011

"You Know When The Men Are Gone" is an astonishingly lovely book of stories, focusing on the men and women of the Fort Hood army base in Texas. The stories are loosely connected, painting a slowly emerging portrait of the heartache and joys so specific to marriages separated by war. Bit by bit, the author depicts the army wife's agony of a year spent worrying, relying on static-filled phone calls to reassure herself that her husband, for now anyway, still lives and breathes; the terror of coming home after a year apart; navigating reentry into a life only imagined for a year; and the vast chasms that can open up under such circumstances, no matter how much love exists between two people. These stories are beautifully written, and drive home the unimaginable pain and sacrifice lived daily by these families, which most of us only learn about on the evening news. Highly recommended.

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