Friday, February 18, 2011

You Know When the Men Are Gone

Collateral. Siobhan Fallon’s debut short story collection is titled, You Know When the Men Are Gone. Fallon sets these eight stories at Fort Hood, Texas, and she explores the various lives of the women whose husbands are deployed in foreign wars. Each story packs a wallop of emotion and poignancy. The lives of these women are usually overlooked when most of us think about the impact of military deployment, especially for our volunteer army. We can understand readily the physical wounds of soldiers, and these stories can help any interested reader understand the collateral damage to those women who are left behind during deployments. This writing is fresh and engaging, and is likely to be enjoyed by most readers.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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