You Know When the Men Are Gone

You Know When the Men Are Gone - Siobhan Fallon I read the whole book in a day and thoroughly enjoyed it. In a way it reminds me of Sherman Alexie's book The Lone Ranger & Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, providing a window into a community and experience through linked short stories. A few are set in Iraq, but they deal primarily with the soldiers' relationships with those they've left behind and why the transition back to civilian life can be so difficult. While the majority of the stories probe the inherent difficulties of having an absent spouse, the joys and sorrows feel equally potent and honest.