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Publisher Description

“Gripping, straight-up, no-nonsense stories about American soldiers and their families. . . simple, tough, and true.”—The New York Times

“Prose that's brave and honest.”—People

“Terrific. . . and terrifically illuminating.”The Washington Post

An award-winning story collection from the author of The Confusion of Languages.

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 talent of tremendous note.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2011
January 20
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
240
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
908.1
KB

Customer Reviews

goonie girl ,

You know when the men are gone

This is a great read from the inside of army life, very insightful straight from the heart, I hated for it to end.

Bogart Franklin ,

Good quick read

I enjoyed reading this and thought it gave great insight into the lives of families that make great sacrifices for our country. Kind of a strange way to layout a book though... Would have liked more closure, which I guess means I liked it.

KS GRANDMA ,

So very moving

Except for two uncles who served in WW II, I've not had any family in the service since the Civil War. These moving stories gave me a a view of what these incredible service families endure for our country. I am truly humbled by their sacrifices and will recommend this book to all my friends. The accumulation of stories is so much more powerful than one story following just one family could be. I not only appreciate the author's skill, I thank her for writing this book. You have done a great service for those of us who are just civilians. E. Lawrence

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