Susan Galleymore, the mother of a US soldier, chose not to wait at home for her son to return, or to die. Instead she left for Iraq to visit him at the base where he was stationed. This is a remarkable portrait of what it means to be a mother in a time of war.
She tells of her continuing journey through the Middle East, interviewing mothers in war zones including Iraq, Israel and the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan and the United States.
In exploring how mothers cope with war, Galleymore confronts many issues, including the treatment of veterans, alarming US military recruitment techniques, conscientious objection and AWOL, courts martial and the failures of military leadership. She explores cultural differences and examines common assumptions civilians hold about war and why troops themselves are hesitant to share their own stories for fear of psychological breakdown.
Long Time Passing gets to the heart of war and warriors, mothers and children, and explores the limits of courage and fear.
Susan Galleymore is a counselor on the GI Rights Hotline, founder of MotherSpeak, and a radio host committed to sharing the stories of mothers affected by war. She is the author of Long Time Passing (Pluto, 2009).
Foreword Acknowledgments Prologue Introduction The Voices 1. Your glass has destroyed their stones - IRAQ 2. A king sitting on the ashes of this throne - ISRAEL 3. Promises of a relief...gifts and parcels - WEST BANK/PALESTINE 4. They caress their children's hair in the dusk - LEBANON 5. Walled in from mankind's cause and voice - SYRIA 6. You were never hidden from my eyes - AFGHANISTAN 7. Broken-heartedness is the beginning - UNITED STATES 8. Where Do We Go From Here? 9. Just the Facts Notes Index