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Helen Benedict is an award-winning novelist and writer of nonfiction. Her sixth and newest novel, Sand Queen, is to be published by Soho Press in August, 2011. The novel tells the story of a young female soldier and an Iraqi woman caught up in the Iraq War.

Publisher’s Weekly called Sand Queen “a thrilling and thoughtful new novel.” Booklist said, “Funny, shocking, painful, and, at times, deeply disturbing, Sand Queen takes readers beyond the news and onto the battlefield."

A professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Benedict is also the author of The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving Iraq (2009/10), and a play, The Lonely Soldier Monologues, which was performed in New York City in 2009 and 2010. In 201...more


Julianna Baggott wrote a great but upsetting column in the Washington Post recently, saying to achieve literary success, a woman had to write like a man -- or more specifically, write from a man's point of view.

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Could this be true? Examples crowd my mind. Who, aside from Virginia Woolf and Charlotte Bronte, is an exception? Read more of this blog post »
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The Lonely Soldier: The Pri...
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Sand Queen
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The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq (Nonfiction)
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"an amazing book. truly depicts what war is like for women. i felt immediately attached to Kate, i cannot even imagine what it's like out there, but the author painted a great picture in my mind. go out and read! "
Sand Queen by Helen Benedict
"this book was really insightful. I never knew being in the military was so hard for women. I really felt for Kate, I felt anger on her behalf and it made me wnat to do something to help women soldiers who are stationed in horrid conditions. I have..." Read more of this review »
Sand Queen by Helen Benedict
"Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Sand Queen is the story of two young women whose lives are forever changed by the Iraq war: 19-year-old American soldier Kate and Iraqi medical student Naema. The story is written i..." Read more of this review »
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A Separate Reality by Robert Marshall
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Normal People Don't Live Like This by Dylan  Landis
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Every word in this novel carries a punch. The wit is superb, not a second wasted. And oh, the ache of adolescence captured here! Brilliant writing.
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Too Much Happiness
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Alice Munro is always an inspiration and surprise. These aren't the best of her stories, but they get better as the book goes on. The last is the best of all.
The Edge of Eden by Helen Benedict
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“But fiction is not, as many nonwriters seem to think, a random grab bag of made-up whimsies, as undisciplined and unreasoned as a dream. Nor is it simply reporting with the names changed. It is an amalgam of experience, education, reading, insight, analysis, conversations, observation, and conscious research.”
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“It is hard to determine what is most disturbing about this book—the devious and immoral tactics used by leaders and recruiters to get women to join the military, the terrible poverty and personal violence women were escaping that lead them to be vulnerable to such manipulation, the raping and harassing of women soldiers by their superiors and comrades once they got to Iraq, or the untreated homelessness, illnesses and madness that have haunted women since they came home. The Lonely Soldier is an important book, a crucial accounting of the shameful war on women who gave their bodies, lives and souls for their country.”
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