WOLF SEASON (October 2017)
“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
SAND QUEEN (2011)
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
EDGE OF EDEN (2009)
"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
"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
BAD ANGEL (2007)
"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
A WORLD LIKE THIS (2007)
"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
THE SAILOR'S WIFE (2000)
"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
THE LONELY SOLDIER (2009)
"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
VIRGIN OR VAMP (1992)
"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
PORTRAITS IN PRINT (1992)
"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
THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE (2007)
"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