What I’m Reading: The Confusion of Languages

I just finished the audio book The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon.  I went to my online library and noticed that some new audio books were just added.  Happily I snagged this one right away and avoided the usual long wait.


I have to admit when I saw that the on line library had new books I started clicking quickly.  Lately I’ve been more selective and have been reading a few Amazon reviews before I dig into a book but not this time.  I wanted to quickly get some reserved before someone else got to the books before I did.

I ended up very happy with this book.  The main story happens over the course of a few hours with flash backs taking the read back to the previous days.  The story is told by the two female main characters.  The author does a great job with this.

The story takes place in modern day in the country Jordan.  I loved reading and learning the cultural part of the this book as the two main characters and American women whose husbands are station in the military in Jordan.  Much is told about the cultural norms of the country and the expectations of American citizens in Jordan.  That was an added bonus to the story for me…it also is the premise of the story.

Here is what Amazon had to say:
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.”

Amazon readers gave the book 4.3 stars.  I would agree.  I liked the book.

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