“No one writes with more authority or cool-eyed compassion about the experience of women in war both on and off the battlefield than Helen Benedict. In Wolf Season, she shows us the complicated ways in which the lives of those who serve and those who don’t intertwine and how—regardless of whether you are a soldier, the family of a soldier, or a refugee—the war follows you and your children for generations. Wolf Season is more than a novel for our times; it should be required reading.”
— Elissa Schappell, author of Use Me and Blueprints for Building Better Girls
“Fierce and vivid and full of hope, this story of trauma and resilience, of love and family, of mutual aid and solidarity in the aftermath of a brutal war is nothing short of magic. Helen Benedict is the voice of an American conscience that has all too often been silenced. To read these pages is to be transported to a world beyond hype and propaganda to see the human cost of war up close. This is not a novel that allows you to walk away unchanged.”
— Cara Hoffman, author of Be Safe I Love You and Running
“A novel of love, loss, and survival, Wolf Season delves into the complexities and murk of the after-war with blazing clarity. You will come to treasure these characters for their strengths and foibles alike. Helen Benedict has delivered yet again, and contemporary war literature is much the better for it.”
— Matt Gallagher, author of Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War and Youngblood
"This is 'The Things They Carried’ for women in Iraq."
--The Boston Globe, August 2011
--Herald-Dispatch, September 2011
--Publisher's Weekly, June 2011
--New York Journal of Books, August 2011
--Booklist, June 2011
Helen Benedict is the author of six novels and five books of nonfiction. Her latest novel, SAND QUEEN, is set in the Iraq War. Culled from real life stories of female soldiers and Iraqis, SAND QUEEN offers a story of love, courage and struggle from the rare perspective of two young women on opposite sides of a war.
Helen Benedict's books, SAND QUEEN, and THE LONELY SOLDIER, along with her articles about the sexual assault of women in the military, inspired the award-winning documentary, The Invisible War, nominated for an Oscar in 2012. Benedict's work also inspired a landmark law suit against the Pentagon on behalf of victims of military sexual assault, and won the 2010 EMMA award from the National Political Caucus, the Ken Book Award, and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism.
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Reading Sand Queen at Ashland University
Helen Benedict will read and discuss Sand Queen at Ashland University on April 18, 2016
CBC's The Sunday Edition on Sand Queen
Helen Benedict interviewed by CBC, Feb. 13, 2012
Liberty Human Rights Award
Helen Benedict shortlisted for UK award for her play, The Lonely Soldier Monologues
Interview with Helen Benedict about her work and life
WBGO features Benedict on their author profile series
Interview with Helen Benedict about her play in London
Benedict on The Lonely Soldier
The European Premiere of The Lonely Soldier Monologues presented by PMJ Productions, The Cockpit, London
* Wolves, Benedict's new story about a woman veteran, published in the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal on December 22, 2013. See Stories above for full text.
Word and Film
How my work intersects with the documentary The Invisible War
Read an excerpt of Sand Queen in the magazine Big Bridge
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Watch The Invisible War, the new documentary inspired by Helen Benedict's work.
Watch and sign the petition to change the way the military handles sexual assault
Interview about Sand Queen on Out of Bounds radio show
Kirsten Wasson interviews Benedict about Sand Queen and her work
--Robert Olen Butler, author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
--Chronogram Magazine, August 2011
--Shelf Awareness, August 2011
--Roxana Robinson, author of Cost
-- Valerie Martin, author of The Confessions of Edward Day and Trespass
SAND QUEEN is based on Benedict’s research for her most recent nonfiction book, THE LONELY SOLDIER: THE PRIVATE WAR OF WOMEN SERVING IN IRAQ (Beacon Press, 2009 and 2010). THE LONELY SOLDIER has won several awards, including the EMMA (Exception Merit in Media Award) from the National Women's Political Caucus and the Ken Book Award, both in 2010.
Benedict has testified twice to Congress on behalf of women soldiers, and lectures at colleges and military academies around the country about gender justice and the military. Her book and play about women soldiers inspired the the February 2011 class action suit against the Pentagon and Secretaries of Defense Rumsfeld and Gates on behalf of military women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted while serving.