The Fourth Moment

fourth-moment-cover-6x9-FINALThe Fourth Moment: Journeys From the Known to the Unknown is a collection of memoir-essays, snapshots of life’s big and small moments that lie just beyond the forgettable. These experiences bubble up unbidden into consciousness at the witching hour, or nudged into focus by something familiar, perhaps recorded in a locked diary, and if you’re very lucky, shared with someone you love and trust. They lurk, then rear up demanding to be understood, processed and added to the body of knowledge that is both unique to you and part of the universal stream of life—fourth coming.

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“The Fourth Moment: Journeys From the Known to the Unknown, is in equal parts a woman’s travel adventure and a mother’s love letter to her children. With crisp prose and richly textured writing, Carole Garrison sheds light on Cambodia’s dark history, and also its beautiful culture, sharing stories of what it means to be a mother, a daughter, and a family in our increasingly global world.”

~Loung Ung, author of “First They Killed My Father:
A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers” (2006)

“The Fourth Moment: Journeys From the Known to the Unknown is a collection of memoir-essays, snapshots of life’s big and small moments that lie just beyond the forgettable. These experiences bubble up unbidden into consciousness at the witching hour, or nudged into focus by something familiar, perhaps recorded in a locked diary, and if you’re very lucky, shared with someone you love and trust. Garrison’s stories are filled with sensory stimulation, colors, sounds, sights and aromas that sweeps across nations, through the sometimes tragic tales of friendships and romance, always infused with heartfelt warmth and longing. They lurk, then rear up demanding to be understood, processed and added to the body of knowledge that is both unique to you and part of the universal stream of life–fourth coming.”

~Deborah DeNicola,
author of “Future That Brought Her Here,
The Memoir of a Call to Awaken” (2009)

“Garrison’s stories are compelling. For example, ‘Roaches’ in Garrison’s hands turns a base repugnancy into eloquent compassion. She somehow manages to weave a perfect description of their hardiness with today’s political climate, and it all results in a resounding ‘yeah!’ in our minds at the end. This is a rare and true voice of an outsider looking in, and becoming comfortable, yet never forgetting that in our world, we are all, somehow, strangers in a strange land.”

~Barbra Nightingale, poet, author and
professor emeritus from Broward College, and
Advisor Emeritus from Phi Theta Kappa

”Masterful! Garrison’s extraordinary ability to take every day experiences and make them life learning treasures for the ages is almost ingenious. Walking the reader so generously through her failures and triumphs without pretense, with a lens of transparency she aims to redeem and transform the human spirit.

~Councilwoman Veronica Sims, Akron City, OH

“I know the author as ‘Mamma.’ She’s been Mamma to us since moving to our small village in the summer of 1992, when I was eleven years old. Her stories are Cambodia’s stories, and we lived them with her. Like her, these stories resonate with our challenges, passions and accomplishments. Be inspired.”

~Sok, Keang, UNICEF, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

“Garrison cultivated her relations with Russian and Chinese members of the UN on a personal mission as an American to improve relations with them. She also was untiring in engaging with her many friends in the military from all countries to lobby for the acceptance of women fighters. It was a pleasure watching and learning from her can-do spirit.”

~Kathleen Graff, International Red Cross (ICRC)

“As a political philosopher, I have long struggled with the question of how to live justly in a society comprised of people of different genders, races, religions, classes, ethnicities, and geographical locations. In her memoir, Carole J. Garrison provides the missing pieces to the puzzle. She makes the struggle for a just society personal. Whether it’s growing up Jewish in 1950’s America, or a 13 year old girl’s first encounter with racial segregation in the U.S. South, or a female police officer’s orientation to the profession, Garrison articulates the effects of social disparities on the human heart with razor-like precision.”

~Laura Newhart, professor of philosophy,
Eastern Kentucky University

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