The Confusion of Languages

The Confusion of Languages

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A searing debut novel from the award-winning author of You Know When the Men are Gone, about jealousy, the unpredictable path of friendship, and the secrets kept in marriage, all set within the U.S. expat community of the Middle East during the rise of the Arab Spring."A gripping, cleverly plotted novel with surprising bite." —Phil Klay"Mesmerizing and devastating . . . two military wives must explore a modern-day, cultural labyrinth in this insatiable read." —Sarah McCoy 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 become an expert on the rules, but newly arrived Margaret sees only her chance to explore. So when a fender-bender sends Margaret to the local police station, Cassie reluctantly agrees to watch Margaret's toddler son. But 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 sort out a routine accident? Snooping around Margaret's apartment, Cassie begins to question not only her friend's whereabouts but also her own role in Margaret's disappearance. Written with emotional insight and stunning prose, The Confusion of Languages is a shattering portrait of a collision between two women and two worlds, as well as a poignant glimpse into the private lives of American military families living overseas.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9780735215566
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Library2Go

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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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