Michelle picked our book for July, it was You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobhan Fallon.
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.
The book is a compilation of short stories and the general concensous of the group was that we were disappointed in the way the stories ended. There really wasn't much closure at the end of the stories and the author left a lot unsaid. It was a book that gave us a lot to think about, how the lives of those in the military are different than "typical" lives & how marriages can fail so easily based on the circumstances. Many of the girls felt appreciation for the work of the book after reading it, even though there wasn't much closure. Overall I think most of us thought it was a book that we wouldn't normally choose, but we are glad we read it.