About Melissa Seligman

Melissa Seligman is the author of The Day After He Left for Iraq, a memoir about her husband’s deployment, and Simply Green, which she co-authored with her husband, David. Melissa is a U.S. Army wife, and she writes from home when she is not caring for her two kids. To contact the author click here and send an e-mail.


This Shabbat We Wait for Dad to Come Home

By February 22, 2009

Question: "Doesn’t he want to get out of the army?" Today my daughter spent an hour at my side, pushing, pulling, and punching springy, yeasty dough. Her mouth watered for the ending, the brown hot challah that would fill her … Read More

“Did Your Husband Kill Anyone?”

By February 20, 2009

Question: "Did your husband kill anyone?" Finally, after nearly a year of waiting, my husband will soon be back in my arms. Sweat drips from my palms. My knees knock, and the constant stirring in my stomach makes me wonder … Read More

For Military Wives, “Goodbye” Never Gets Easier

By February 18, 2009

Question: "Well, you knew what it meant when he enlisted, right?" My presence in a room usually produces two emotions from strangers: sympathy or irritation. Quite often, people feel compassion for me and want to hug my pain away. It … Read More

Does Your Husband Have PTSD?

By February 17, 2009

Question: "Does your husband have PTSD?" He is next to me, breathing calmly, quietly. Soft lullaby music escapes beneath my kids’ doors and follows a wispy path to my ears. He has been home for weeks. I still wake at … Read More

The Day After He Left for Iraq

By February 16, 2009

Melissa Seligman, author of The Day After He Left for Iraq, is guest blogging this week as one of Jewcy‘s Lit Klatsch bloggers. Seligman is an army wife and mother, and her book is a memoir of her husband’s deployment. … Read More