Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Giveaway: You Know When the Men Are Gone

We're giving away an interesting collection of interconnected short stories of life on a contemporary American military base, You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon:

About the book:  In Fort Hood housing, like all army housing, you get used to hearing through the walls... You learn too much. And you learn to move quietly through your own small domain. You also know when the men are gone. No more boots stomping above, no more football games turned up too high, and, best of all, no more front doors slamming before dawn as they trudge out for their early formation, sneakers on metal stairs, cars starting, shouts to the windows above to throw them down their gloves on cold desert mornings. Babies still cry, telephones ring, Saturday morning cartoons screech, but without the men, there is a sense of muted silence, a sense of muted life. 

There is an army of women waiting for their men to return in Fort Hood, Texas. Through a series of loosely interconnected stories, Siobhan Fallon takes readers onto the base, inside the homes, into the marriages and families-intimate places not seen in newspaper articles or politicians' speeches. 

When you leave Fort Hood, the sign above the gate warns, You've Survived the War, Now Survive the Homecoming. It is eerily prescient.

How to enter the giveaway:

Please fill out the form below to be entered by midnight EST February 29, 2012.  You must be over 18 and a resident of US or Canada to enter.  As always, Girls Just Reading Blogspot uses  to select our winners.



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