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January 24, 2011

“You Know When the Men Are Gone”

“You Know When the Men Are Gone”by Siobhan Fallon

c.2011, Amy Einhorn Books                   $23.95 / $30.00 Canada             240 pages

 

Rumors have been flying around for days, but you don’t need them to know that something’s going on with the neighbors.

You’ve got two eyes, and you can plainly see that he’s deploying soon. He’ll be gone for awhile, so he’s fussing at the house, doing small chores, cleaning up, making sure she won’t have to worry about anything. But she’s worrying anyhow and – as you can see – crying an awful lot, too.

Wouldn’t you like to know what goes on behind closed doors?  Get a glimpse by reading the new novel, “You Know When the Men Are Gone” by Siobhan Fallon.

When you’re an Army Wife living on a base like Ft. Hood in Texas, you learn to get along with others, even though you might never see them again after this deployment. You’ll be moving in six months or a year or two – but that doesn’t mean you won’t babysit in a pinch. That doesn’t mean you won’t watch one another’s backs.

Sometimes, though, other wives have issues you can’t fix. Sometimes, the Army does things you can’t do anything about, like when they send women to a forward operating base. Single women, near a platoon filled with lonely husbands. Sometimes, things happen and you just don’t want to know.

And then there are the times you do want to know. You’d be interested in talking to the soldier whose life your husband saved before he was killed by an IED. You’d want to hear about your husband’s last minutes. You’d want to hang on to every memory you could.

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