BOOKS

FICTION


Every war eventually yields works of art which transcend politics and history and illuminate our shared humanity. Helen Benedict’s brilliant new novel has done just that with this century’s American war in Iraq. Sand Queen is an important book by one our finest literary artists.” – Robert Olen Butler, author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

“Helen Benedict’s compelling story provides an intimate picture of what it means to be a soldier, what it’s like to live on the battlefield, and what the ethical choices are that our troops have had to make in Iraq. At times funny, at times grimly painful, Sand Queen offers a new chapter in contemporary American history.”
--Roxana Robinson, author of Cost

“Every American who claims to value the lives of our soldiers should read this powerful, harrowing, and revelatory novel.”
-- Valerie Martin, author of The Confessions of Edward Day and Trespass

"Not since Lord of the Flies has a novelist written with such perceptiveness about the potential for harm that lurks within the innocence of childhood."
—Paula Sharp, author of Crows over a Wheatfield

"An armchair traveler's delight, Benedict's novel is an amusingly poignant look at the British abroad in the spirit of Evelyn Waugh." Publishers Weekly September 2009

"Benedict... offers distinctive cross-cultural insights as well as a cadre of satiric and fascinating characters, and the result is a story that is both touching and humorous. Highly recommended." Library Journal, November 2009



"At the center of The Opposite of Love is Madge, whose voice is pitch perfect... and who comes to understand that life is full of ambiguities and that love has many faces.. a strong and moving story." Susan Shreve, author of Kiss Me Tomorrow


"Bad Angel is a beautifully written novel: compelling, intelligent, insightful. A delightful book by a most entertaining and accomplished writer."
-- Oscar Hijuelos, author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

"...An authentic account of hardship and faith." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Superb...A sharply suspenseful and powerful novel." -- Women's Review of Books




"It's a pity that the words 'tremendous literary debut' appear on every first novel published, because this one really is...A stunning and heartbreaking book."
-- Louise Bernikow, Cosmopolitan


"Helen Benedict's understanding of families, and the rich historical subtext that suffuses the lives of Green peasants, make for an intelligent look at belonging, duty and independence." Peter Bricklebank, The New York Times Book Review

"This is a bitter, wise and powerful novel." Peter Green, The Los Angeles Times

"In The Sailor's Wife, Helen Benedict takes us so thoroughly to another time and place, so deeply into the lives of her characters -- young and old, American and Greek -- that it's easy to forget our own time and place. This is a wonderfully intelligent and suspenseful novel." Margot Livesey, author of The Missing World


NONFICTION




"Benedict’s brilliant reporting is neither left nor right-it’s human. . . . [These women] are your mother, sister, cousin, daughter. Their stories of injustice in the U.S. military will tear your guts out."
—Dale Maharidge, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of And Their Children After Them



"Compelling and invaluable. The experiences of the survivors and their loved ones are powerful and poignant. As eye-opening as Against Our Will."
—Michael Castleman, author of Sexual Solutions and Crime Free



"This entirely readable book is for anyone who has a mother, a daughter, a wife, or a lover. It is for anyone with responsibility for raising boys. It is for anyone who cares about the criminal justice system and press coverage of that system."
The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Helen Benedict has given us a series of interviews as easy to engage in as a conversation on a park bench. Portraits in Print is heaped with intelligence and affection."
New York Times Book Review