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Helen Benedict, a professor at Columbia University, writes frequently about justice, women, soldiers, and war. She is the author of seven novels, including Wolf Season and Sand Queen, a Publishers Weekly "Best Contemporary War Novel." A recipient of both the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, Benedict is also the author of five works of nonfiction, including The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq, and the play The Lonely Soldier Monologues. She lives in New York.
Firecracker Award Finalist Military Times "Reading Guide" selection Columbia Magazine "Reading List" selection Literary Hub "Books Making News" selection BookBrowse "Editor's Choice" selection "Wolf Season is honest about suffering, trauma, and the difficulty of healing after war. . . . [The novel] reminds us that we do what's best for our family--our pack--even if it's the thing that hurts the most." --Chronogram "The novel moves between striking passages that speak war's truth and heartfelt stories about how women--and mothers--experience war and its aftermath. While there are male soldiers in Wolf Season, women's experience is at the forefront. . . . Told with honesty and empathy, Wolf Season is a contemporary tale about how the war always comes home." --Washington Independent Review of Books "Extraordinary insight and sensitivity . . . offering a unique and multi-dimensional perspective on women as veterans today in the U.S." --HuffPost "Cuts right into the current tenor of American culture, with characters who are haunted by the violence of war." --Neworld Review "Like other great art, Wolf Season . . . show[s] us how deeply moved we can be by lives and experiences that bear little resemblance to our own." --In the Fray "The best way to make moral choices is to understand the experiences of others. And fictional literature like Wolf Season can take us to a heightened level of understanding about the experience of war." --Michigan Daily "[Benedict is] at the top of her game here. . . . The book includes an Author's Note plus 'A Conversation with Helen Benedict, ' as well as conversation starter questions for book groups. And discussion is exactly what's needed. Words are healing, whether spoken or written." --Woven Tale Press "Gives readers a deep sense of what it takes to survive and the terrible toll war and loneliness extracts not only on those who go to war but also those waiting at home." --North of Oxford "A powerful picture of the limits of compassion and the knee-jerk nature of emotions: prejudice directed against immigrants and the fear of wolves." --BookBrowse "Wolf Season takes contemporary war-and-mil-writing preoccupation with dogs to its fantastical-yet-logical extension. . . . Rin and Naema are compellingly drawn, as are Rin's daughter Juney and Naema's son Tariq and the three wolves, Gray, Silver, and Ebony. Most striking, however, are two male characters, Louis Martin and Todd Wycombe, both veterans struggling to be men worthy of respect." --Time Now "Unflinching. . . . In a book that deserves the widest attention, Benedict 'follows the war home, ' engaging readers with an insightful story right up until the gut-wrenching conclusion." --Library Journal (starred review) "Affecting. . . . The 'very long reach of war' transcends generations." --Kirkus Reviews "Gripping. . . . A low level of dread builds slowly, drawing readers toward the inevitable climactic clash, though Benedict's memorable and complicated characterization is the true highlight." --Publishers Weekly "Compelling. . . . Benedict doesn't shy away from her characters' very different faults as they grasp for courage and resilience during their dark times." --Booklist "[Helen Benedict] has emerged as one of our most thoughtful and provocative writers of war literature." --David Abrams, author of Fobbit and Brave Deeds, at the Quivering Pen "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 "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 "The Iraq War. Disability. Women on and off the battlefield. AND WOLVES! . . . [An] extraordinary new novel." --Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World, at Carolineleavittville "Benedict masterfully summons characters who don't share her biography: she's a civilian getting sympathetically, and accurately, inside the minds of soldiers; a Westerner intimately addressing the concerns of Middle Eastern refugees; someone with the vivid power of sight imagining the equally vivid experience of the sightless; an adult bringing child characters to life." --Jay Baron Nicorvo, author of The Standard Grand, at Literary Hub "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 "[Benedict] has such a compassionate and yet clear-eyed understanding of the myriad costs of war. Blew my mind." --Ayelet Waldman, author of Daughter's Keeper and Love and Treasure