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Siobhan Fallon

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Siobhan Fallon is the author of the PEN Center USA Literary Fiction Award winning short story collection, You Know When the Men Are Gone, as well as the novel, The Confusion of Languages. Her essays and stories have been featured in the anthologies Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War, and The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers, as well as New York Times Modern Love, Washington Post Magazine, Huffington Post, Prairie Schooner, Guernica, among others. After spending seven years living abroad in the Middle East and in the Arabian Gulf, she and her family now reside in Northern Virginia.


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You Know When the Men Are Gone

3.71 avg rating — 4,508 ratings — published 2011 — 13 editions
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The Confusion of Languages

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Well, friends, 2019 was the year I became a crazy person (or perhaps a crazier person?). This fiction writer, who spent a lifetime cultivating a cool indifference to military history, suddenly became rabidly obsessed with the life and times of General George Armstrong Custer and th

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“Be safe, she whispered. Then she closed her eyes and said in a low, broken monotone, "I love you.

Kailani



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“After a dazed moment, Specialist Kit Murphy put his arms loosely around her, and Josie Schaeffer clung to him, knowing this man was not her husband, that her husband was never coming back, but for now she was as close to him as she could get and she would not let him go.”
Siobhan Fallon, You Know When the Men Are Gone

“The FRG … was the closest thing any of them had to family, this simulacrum of friendship, women suddenly thrown together in a time of duress, with no one to depend on but each other, all of them bereft and left behind in this dry expanse of central Texas, walled in by strip malls, chain restaurants, and highways that led to better places. Most of them had gotten used to making life for themselves without a husband, finding doctors and dentists and playgrounds, filling their cell phones with numbers and their calendars with playdates, and then the husbands would return and the Army would toss them all at some other base in the middle of nowhere to begin again.”
Siobhan Fallon, You Know When the Men Are Gone

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“Be safe, she whispered. Then she closed her eyes and said in a low, broken monotone, "I love you.

Kailani



Siobhan Fallon”
Siobhan Fallon

“After a dazed moment, Specialist Kit Murphy put his arms loosely around her, and Josie Schaeffer clung to him, knowing this man was not her husband, that her husband was never coming back, but for now she was as close to him as she could get and she would not let him go.”
Siobhan Fallon, You Know When the Men Are Gone

“I said I don't want to know," Kailani said firmly, her voice suddenly too loud. Cristina sat back into the bench, her eyes wide and disappointed. Then Ana started waving wildly, her small hand arcing for her mother's undivided attention, and, as Kailani watched in silence, the child slipped safely down the slide."

Kailani to Cristina”
Siobhan Fallon, You Know When the Men Are Gone

“There was so much he could have said and chose not to. “I didn’t pry into your past, Margaret. I don’t pry into your life before we met, so don’t do it to me.”
And that was it, there was nothing more to say. I nodded my head and ever since I’ve made myself comfortable in this limbo of not knowing. Sleepless in this bed I made.”
Siobhan Fallon, The Confusion of Languages

“Those who have lived abroad know exactly what I mean. Our status as Americans creates an instantaneous, rarified friendship. You are in a fast food restaurant where they have odd things on the menu, makluba, zaatar, soojouk, and you are scrambling for something you recognize, pizza, or even pita, and then you hear that perfect Hello or How you doing? You gravitate toward that table of strangers, desperate, dear God, speak to me, fellow outsiders in in appropriate revealing clothing, seak to me American sweet nothings of sports and reality T.V. It’s the same anywhere. You reach for the known in an unknown place. You become friends with someone you wouldn’t be able to stand if you actually had options. Our history of Super Bowl commercials and expectations of flushable toilet paper seal us together.”
Siobhan Fallon, The Confusion of Languages

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