You Know When the Men Are Gone

By Siobhan Fallon
(NAL Trade, Paperback, 9780451234391, 240pp.)

Publication Date: January 3, 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD, Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Reading Group
“Surprising, get-under-your-skin characters populate the spare landscape of Fort Hood, Texas, in this collection of linked stories that will have a compelling effect on even the most skeptical reader. Fallon opens a window into military base life from the perspective of the quiet supporters -- spouses, children and injured vets - who stay home when the men deploy. A riveting debut!”
-- Nicole Magistro, The Bookworm of Edwards, Edwards, CO
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the February 2011 Indie Next List


Through fiction of dazzling skill and astonishing emotional force, Siobhan Fallon welcomes readers into the American army base at Fort Hood, Texas, where U.S. soldiers prepare to fight, and where their families are left to cope after the men are gone. They'll meet a wife who discovers unsettling secrets when she hacks into her husband's email, and a teenager who disappears as her mother fights cancer. There is the foreign born wife who has tongues wagging over her late hours, and the military intelligence officer who plans a covert mission against his own home.

Powerful, singular, and unforgettable, these stories will resonate deeply with readers and mark the debut of a new talent of tremendous note.

About the Author

Siobhan Fallon lived at Fort Hood for three years while her husband, a majorin the Army, was deployed to Iraq for two tours of duty. She earned her MFA at the New School in New York City.

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Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011

Debut author Siobhan Fallon writes about the lives of soldiers and their families in her new short story collection, You Know When the Men Are Gone. Families, she says, take the strangeness of deployment and learn how to create a new normal. More at

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  1. In the first story, You Know When the Men Are Gone, why do you think the narrator develops such an obsession with her neighbor?  While it turns out Natalya was worthy of Meg’s scrutiny, do you think it was easier to literally be a nosy neighbor than for Meg to focus on the danger her husband faced overseas

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