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Critical Praise

"Siobhan Fallon is a remarkable debut author whose first collection of short stories, You Know When the Men are Gone, signals the debut of a new American talent. I was drawn into a world I had never seen before, and found heartache, courage, and laughter there."

—Jean Kwok, author of Girl in Translation

"Siobhan Fallon's You Know When the Men are Gone is a haunting elegy to those who bear the real burden when our nation goes to war: the spouses and children left behind. She writes with the authority of hard-earned experience, and this collection of stories has much to teach us all."

—Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer

"What a fascinating, rare glimpse into the domesticity of war. This is a wonderful debut. Each beautifully rendered story is braced with intelligence and wisdom."

—Jill Ciment, author of Heroic Measures

"There is the war we know --- from Hollywood and CNN, about dirt-smeared soldiers disarming IEDs and roaring along in Humvees and kicking down the doors of terrorist hideouts --- and then there is the battleground at home depicted by breakout author Siobhan Fallon, an army wife with a neglected, deeply important perspective and a staggering arsenal of talent, her sentences popping like small arm fire, her stories scaring a gasp out of you like tracer rounds burning in the night sky over your home town."

—Benjamin Percy, author of The Wilding, Refresh, and The Language of Elk