Stories from "You Know When the Men Are Gone" by Siobhan Fallon

"The explosive sort of literary triumph that appears only every few years. As such, it should not be missed." —New York Journal of Books

Word for Word Members talk about their 2013 Production

Word for Word Charter Members Sheila Balter, Amy Kossow and WfW's Artistic Director JoAnne Winter talk about Siobhan Fallon's Collection of Stories their upcoming production of stories from "You Know When the Men Are Gone."

Would you like to help make this production happen? Here’s how you can help:

·     DONATE!  Please support Word for Word’s 2013 Production:
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      San Francisco, CA-94110

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"...searing collection"
Entertainment Weekly's Must List
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.

Chosen as a Best Book Pick of 2011:

San Francisco Chronicle
Los Angeles Public Library
SELF Magazine
Utah’s The Spectrum
New York Times

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"Fascinating." —O, the Oprah Magazine

About the Author

Siobhan Fallon is a military spouse and writer whose husband has deployed three times to the Middle East, including two tours to Iraq out of Fort Hood. She and her family have recently moved from Amman, Jordan, to Falls Church, Virginia, where her husband remains an active duty Army officer. Her stories and essays have appeared in Publishers’ Weekly, Women’s Day, Good Housekeeping, New Letters, Salamander, among others. Siobhan is currently working on a novel and writing a monthly fiction series for Military Spouse Magazine. She earned her MFA from the New School in New York City.
"Fallon writes with both grit and grace"
Publisher's Weekly Starred Review

Siobhan talks about her book.

"...gripping, straight-up, no-nonsense stories"
The New York Times

Wounded Worrior Project and Combat Paper

Word for Word also welcomes this project as an opportunity to connect with other organizations
that are offering support to our returning veterans.

We will be working with WWP and CP during the run of this show. 

If you know of or represent other organizations that support U. S. troops or veterans that might like
to be a part of this project, please contact:

Artistic Director, JoAnne Winter at or 415-659-8133



"...a terrific and terrifically illuminating book"
The Washington Post