“You Know When the Men Are Gone”

December 13, 2010

This debut short story collection is garnering review attention – it remains to be seen if readers will respond to this often overlooked format.  Siobhan Fallon’s “You Know When the Men Are Gone” is a collection of loosely connected short stories about military wives of Fort Hood, Texas and how they each handle their missing husbands differently.  from the blurb on the back of the book, it’s obvious that Fallon writes what she knows – her husband is an Army major who served two tours in Iraq.

PW and LJ gave it starred reviews with the LJ verdict of:

Excellent; even readers who do not usually read short stories should seek out this book.

a reading group guide is available which makes sense given the subject matter, perfect book group fodder.  and consider adding this one to a first novels display (Booklist has a yearly feature of first novels).  first novels often receive critical acclaim which doesn’t necessarily translate into patron awareness and check-outs unless the titles are picked-up by mainstream media or highlighted in the collection.

free arc to the first Sno-Isle Libraries staff member to comment.

posting by marin


2 Responses to ““You Know When the Men Are Gone””

  1. Eric Wiley Says:

    I would like that copy. It sounds interesting.

  2. Thanks so much for blogging about the collection!
    All the best,

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