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You Know When the Men Are Gone (12 Edition)by Fallon
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A novel about surviving on the home front, fathers and daughters, and the limits and limitlessness of love
Becca Keller is no stranger to the way war can change a man. Her Vietnam vet father, King, has been more out of her life than in. Her mother boycotts her wedding because Becca is making the same mistakes she did—yoking herself to a man just back from battle. And Ben is different after this second tour. Within days of the wedding he turns dangerous, and Becca runs to the only person she has left.
King, though, is heading West with his motorcycle buddies, out to a place they call Kleos. A mysterious desert compound ruled over by a guru-like commanding officer, it is a refuge for some soldiers, but might be the death of others. There, Becca will be faced with the possibility that she may not know the real damage in her loved ones’ hearts. In finally seeing her father’s demons, she might just be able to start with her husband on their own journey back to peace.
The Heart You Carry Home lays bare the violence soldiers bring home, as one woman fights for the men in her life who have been scarred by different wars in disturbingly similar ways. It “combines great storytelling with social questions that are both as current and as old as war” (Karl Marlantes). And it mines the trials of generations of American families to find hope for the next.
A young woman learns how to confront the lingering consequences of war when she rides along with her distant father and his fellow vets on a cross-country motorcycle trip that will take them away from her new, Iraq-scarred husband and toward a mysterious military cult in the Utah desert.
A blistering debut that does for the Iraqi perspective on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan what Phil Klays Redeployment does for the American perspective
The first major literary work about the Iraq War from an Iraqi perspective—by an explosive new voice hailed as perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive” (The Guardian)—The Corpse Exhibition shows us the war as we have never seen it before. Here is a world not only of soldiers and assassins, hostages and car bombers, refugees and terrorists, but also of madmen and prophets, angels and djinni, sorcerers and spirits.
Blending shocking realism with flights of fantasy, The Corpse Exhibition offers us a pageant of horrors, as haunting as the photos of Abu Ghraib and as difficult to look away from, but shot through with a gallows humor that yields an unflinching comedy of the macabre. Gripping and hallucinatory, this is a new kind of storytelling forged in the crucible of war.
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 new talent of tremendous note.
About the Author
Siobhan Fallon lived at Fort Hood for three years while her husband, a majorin the Army, was deployed to Iraq for two tours of duty. She earned her MFA at the New School in New York City.
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