The Confusion of Languages

The Confusion of Languages

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"For fans of Notes on a Scandal and Janice Y. K. Lee's The Expatriates, a taut and intimate debut novel from Siobhan Fallon, award-winning author of You Know When the Men Are Gone, aboutjealousy, the unpredictable path of friendship, and the secrets kept in a marriage,all set against the U.S. military community in the Middle East. I'll just read a little bit, I tell myself. And really, why shouldn't I? Both Cassie Hugo and Margaret Brickshaw dutifully followed their soldier husbands to the U.S. embassy in Jordan, but that's about all the women have in common. After two years, Cassie's an expert on the rules of the Middle East. For newly arrived Margaret, the move is a chance to see the world and explore. Against the odds the two strike up a friendship, until their husbands deploy and Cassie senses her new friend pulling away. So when a fender-bender supposedly sends Margaret to the local police station, Cassie remains alone in the Brickshaw apartment to watch over Margaret's toddler son. But with Margaret missing for hours, Cassie becomes bored and soon frustrated, tired of being left behind while Margaret adventures. Then she discovers her friend's journal. Where could Margaret be? Could her diary reveal the secrets that have come between them? Written with stunning prose and powerful emotional insight, here is a story of two unforgettable women and the choices each will make in friendship, in marriage, and in love. The Confusion of Languages offers a poignant glimpse into the private lives of husbands, wives, and American military families living overseas"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780735215566
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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SPL_Brittany Aug 14, 2017

A full review can be found in the summary section. Review first published in the Gazette August 2017.


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SPL_Brittany Aug 14, 2017

Living with her husband Dan in Jordan for the past two years, Cassie Hugo is a military wife who has become an expert on rules. They welcome the newly arrived Brickshaws - Crick, Margaret and their son Mather, who they’ve sponsored. Margaret is intrigued with Jordan and sees her chance to explore. When a fender-bender sends Margaret to the police station, Cassie reluctantly agrees to watch Mather. As the hours pass, Cassie’s boredom and frustration turn to fear: Why isn’t Margaret answering her phone, and why is it taking so long to resolve a routine accident? Snooping around the Brickshaw’s apartment Cassie begins to question not only Margaret’s whereabouts but also her own role in Margaret’s disappearance.

Fallon writes a compelling, thought-provoking and page-turning novel that captures the nature of living abroad as a military wife. With authentic yet flawed characters that jump off the page, readers will enjoy delving further into the world of the characters during Arab Spring, as they try to navigate the ins and outs of living in a foreign culture, marriage, and friendship while piecing together the cause of Margaret’s disappearance. An intriguing story of life as military wife in the Middle East with beautiful descriptions of the landscape and culture told as only one can who has lived it.


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