Helen Benedict is the author of five novels and five books of nonfiction. Her latest novel, The Edge of Eden, was published in November, 2009 by Soho Press.
Benedict’s sixth and forthcoming novel, Sand Queen, set in the Iraq War, is due to be published in the fall of 2011 by Soho Press.
Benedict’s most recent nonfiction book, The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq came out from Beacon Press in April 2009. Her play based on the book, The Lonely Soldier Monologues, was performed in New York City at The Theater for the New City and at La MaMa in 2009 and 2010.
The Lonely Soldier won both the EMMA and the Ken Book Awards in 2010.
One of Benedict’s articles on the subject, “The Private War of Women Soldiers” (Salon, March 2007) was awarded The James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism in 2008. She has since written other articles on women soldiers that have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Ms., In These Times, Huffington Post, and elsewhere.
Benedict’s other novels are The Opposite of Love, The Sailor’s Wife, Bad Angel, and A World Like This.
Her nonfiction includes Virgin or Vamp: How the Press Covers Sex Crimes, Portraits in Print and Recovery: How to Survive Sexual Assault.
Helen Benedict’s other articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, Glamour, The Women’s Review of Books, and in many other magazines. She is a professor of journalism at Columbia University.