HARKER HEIGHTS — Author and military spouse Siobhan Fallon spent time at the Barnes & Noble bookstore this week as part of her ongoing book-signing tour.
Her first novel, “The Confusion of Languages,” was released June 27. In addition to signing copies of the book, Fallon read some of her favorite passages from the text.
“When it comes to military spouse authors, she’s the queen,” said Kathleen Rodgers, herself an author and military spouse, who attended the book-signing.
Fallon grew up near the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, her father a Vietnam-era soldier. Her husband, Lt. Col. K.C. Evans, was stationed at Fort Hood from 2006 to 2009.
“I always wrote,” Fallon said. “It’s a good, portable career to have as a military spouse.”
Fallon’s “You Know When the Men Are Gone,” a collection of short stories set at Fort Hood, was published in 2011. It won the 2012 Indies Choice Honor Award and the Texas Institute of Letters Award for First Fiction. She originally intended “The Confusion of Languages” to be a short story, as well, but expanded its length as the characters and situations evolved.
“The Confusion of Languages” involves two American military spouses whose husbands are stationed in the Middle East country of Jordan.
The vastly different culture presents its own set of difficulties when one of the women mysteriously disappears after she was involved in a car accident.
Fallon, who now lives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where her husband is stationed at the U.S. Embassy as a foreign area officer, has experienced the different cultures first hand.
She described how, in the American compound, activities can be more familiar, but venturing beyond those gates brings with it entirely new situations.
The book-signing tour continues with stops in Wichita, Kansas; Iowa City, Iowa; and Washington, D.C.