By Siobhan Fallon

"Gripping, straight-up, no-nonsense tales approximately American infantrymen and their households . . . basic, difficult, and true." -- the hot York Times

"Fascinating." -- O, the Oprah Magazine

Through fiction of brilliant ability and astounding emotional strength, Siobhan Fallon welcomes readers into the yank military base at castle Hood, Texas, the place U.S. squaddies organize to struggle, and the place their households are left to manage after the boys are long past. they're going to meet a spouse who discovers unsettling secrets and techniques while she hacks into her husband's e-mail, and undefined who disappears as her mom fights melanoma. there's the international born spouse who has tongues wagging over her overdue hours, and the army intelligence officer who plans a covert venture opposed to his personal home.

Powerful, singular, and unforgettable, those tales will resonate deeply with readers and mark the debut of a brand new expertise of super note.

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To ditching bitches,” Dupont toasted, and the 3 men swallowed the tequila and slammed the shot glasses at the bar. package had became twenty-one in Iraq, his birthday spent guarding Assassins’ Gate, one of many checkpoints of the golf green sector, and that day his pals had toasted him with sizzling canteen water that tasted faintly of bleach. After the barren region, after months of hospitals and strangers, sitting with Crawford and Dupont whereas consuming beer at a bar felt just like the neatest thing on this planet. they usually desired to listen approximately his foot, the entire gory info of his surgical procedures, the soreness he used to be in, and such a lot of all what number Vicodin he had left and what their price should be within the barracks. It used to be “Boom growth” Dupont who had ripped package out of the Humvee after the IED went off, the IED that grew to become the full undercarriage of his truck right into a fiery wall that fed on the 5 males inside of. Sergeant Schaeffer were sitting subsequent to package and stuck lots of the molten explosion. His physique threw package opposed to the aspect of the Humvee and someway, miraculously, shielded him from the flame till Dupont, from the truck in the back of, grabbed equipment via the correct arm and pulled him out. equipment had escaped with virtually each bone in his foot pulverized and burns on his face and fingers. Sergeant Schaeffer had now not survived. “To Sergeant Schaeffer,” they toasted for around quantity 3, 4, and 5. The sunlight was once surroundings open air, the fluorescent lighting fixtures within the bar commencing to glow within the nightfall, and some bottle-blondes in cowboy hats and brief denim skirts have been two-stepping close to the jukebox. equipment felt the ground transferring beneath him. “Take it easy,” Crawford stated whilst equipment stumbled as much as the bar to reserve one other around. they'd known as Crawford “Choirboy” in Iraq simply because he didn’t curse, dip, smoke, or drink espresso. yet equipment had as soon as gotten a glance in his buddy’s TUF field and, below the layer of X-Men and Black Knight comics, the fellow had the most important selection of Jenna Jameson DVDs equipment had ever visible. Crawford persevered, “We’ve had time to get our tolerance again. the 1st week i used to be domestic i'd get inebriated simply twisting the cap off a bottle of Jack. ” “I’m okay,” package stated, attaining for his pockets. He desired to name the inn, to ensure Helena used to be nonetheless there, yet he ordered tequila as an alternative. He seemed over and observed Dupont, six-four and darker than the smoke-stained bar partitions, undulating to the rustic song as though it have been a ballad by means of Mariah Carey. the women on the jukebox smoked their cigarettes and overlooked him the way in which most women residing outdoors castle Hood overlooked men with excessive and tight haircuts. yet Dupont had the grace and nonchalance that girls necessarily desired to get just about, and the tallest lady couldn’t aid yet commence two-stepping subsequent to his swaying hips. Then he made a movement towards the hibernating mechanical bull. the women lifted their eyebrows and shrugged, then him over to the place the hats forlornly coated the ceiling just like the scalps of Custer and his massacred males. package sniffed his shot, winced, and downed it.

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