You Know When the Men Are Gone
Sioban Fallon's short stories of contemporary army life at Fort Hood, Texas, show a side of the Iraq war that we don't often think about: life for those who live on base in the US. Fallon's characters have wars of their own with their neighbors, within their families, and most often with loneliness and uneasy waiting. These stories reverberate with emotion, and shine with a bright inner truth. I read a story each morning, and found that traces of it quietly shone all day.