Words After War Book Club: YOU KNOW WHEN THE MEN ARE GONE

September’s book club selection is YOU KNOW WHEN THE MEN ARE GONE by Siobhan Fallon


As summer winds down, we’re excited to invite you to read our September book club selection: You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon.

Through this series of powerful interconnected stories, readers are welcomed into the American army base at Fort Hood, where U.S. soldiers prepare to fight, and where their families are left to cope after the men are gone.

You Know When the Men Are Gone has been called “…gripping, straight-up, no-nonsense stories” by The New York Times and “Fascinating” by O, the Oprah Magazine. New York Journal of Books praised it as “The explosive sort of literary triumph that appears only every few years. As such, it should not be missed.”

Read along with us! We’ll be back at the end of the month with a brand new interview with the author.


The Words After War Book Club features a book each month that we believe is important for our community to read and discuss. As we go, we invite you to read along with us, and we conclude each month with an interview with the author, shared on The Huffington Post.

Previous selected works:

  • Green on Blue by Elliot Ackerman
  • Ashley’s War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  • War of the Encyclopaedists by Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite
  • Girl at War by Sara Nović
  • I’d Walk with My Friends if I Could Find Them by Jesse Goolsby