The Confusion of Languages (Digital Audiobook)
Publication Date: June 26, 2017
A searing debut novel from the award-winning author of You Know When the Men are Gone, about jealousy, the unpredictable path of friendship, and the secrets kept in marriage, all set within the U.S. expat community of the Middle East during the rise of the Arab Spring.
Both Cassie Hugo and Margaret Brickshaw dutifully followed their soldier husbands to the U.S. embassy in Jordan, but that’s about all the women have in common. After two years, Cassie’s become an expert on the rules, but newly arrived Margaret sees only her chance to explore. So when a fender-bender sends Margaret to the local police station, Cassie reluctantly agrees to watch Margaret’s toddler son. But as the hours pass, Cassie’s boredom and frustration turn to fear: Why isn’t Margaret answering her phone, and why is it taking so long to sort out a routine accident? Snooping around Margaret’s apartment, Cassie begins to question not only her friend’s whereabouts but also her own role in Margaret’s disappearance.
With achingly honest prose and riveting characters, The Confusion of Languages plunges readers into a shattering collision between two women and two worlds, affirming Siobhan Fallon as a powerful voice in American fiction and a storyteller not to be missed.
“A gripping, cleverly plotted novel with surprising bite.”—Phil Klay
“Mesmerizing and devastating....Two military wives must explore a modern-day, cultural labyrinth in this insatiable read.”—Sarah McCoy
About the Author
Siobhan Fallon is the author of The 2012 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction winner You Know When the Men Are Gone. She earned her MFA at the New School in New York City and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, Women’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Prairie Schooner, Publishers Weekly, The Huffington Post, NPR’s The Morning Edition, and Military Spouse magazine. Siobhan and her family moved to Jordan in 2011, and they currently live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
From the Hardcover edition.