The Confusion of Languages (Hardcover)

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Confusion of Languages is boldly honest about the tests of friendship and what it means to truly be kind. Set in the Middle East, two military wives forge a friendship mainly out of pure necessity. However are pleasantly surprised at what comes of it. One character being free spirited, caring, and full of optimism. The other character is reliable, conservative, and bordering on judgmental. What happens when the two energies mix in a political jungle of new rules, new apprehensions and finally what are the consequences of kindness and suspicion? 

— Pascalle Bass


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.

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.

With achingly honest prose and riveting characters, The Confusion of Languages plunges readers into a shattering collision between two women and two worlds, affirming Siobhan Fallon as a powerful voice in American fiction and a storyteller not to be missed.

"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

About the Author

Siobhan Fallon is the author of You Know When the Men Are Gone, which won the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction, the Indies Choice Honor Award, and the Texas Institute of Letters Award for First Fiction. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, Woman's Day, Good Housekeeping, Military Spouse, The Huffington Post, and NPR's Morning Edition, among others. She and her family moved to Jordan in 2011, and they currently live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780399158926
ISBN-10: 0399158928
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: June 27th, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English