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You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
240 pages
2011
General Fiction - short stories

Not usually a fan of short stories, I quickly found myself completely immersed in the tales of the life of the military families whose lives vary so much from my own. As a military wife, former resident of Ft. Hood (where many of the stories occur), and current resident of the Middle East, Fallon tells stories that seem to be non-fiction and for that I think she has really tapped into her niche.

At a time when our world is so chaotic and so many families are separated by war, I read each story in this book sending more and more prayers up to Heaven knowing that many husbands and wives have experienced life in the way that Fallon's characters have. I think each reader will take one or two stories with them long after they close the cover.