Books by Helen Benedict

SAND QUEEN by Helen Benedict
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"A flawed but unforgettable testament."
This bleak novel explores the horrendous impact of the Iraq war on women, both soldiers and civilians. Read full book review >
THE EDGE OF EDEN by Helen Benedict
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Despite moments of lyricism, more sensational than subtle."
Earthly paradise turns a British marriage hellish in this self-conscious, psychologically insecure novel from Benedict (The Opposite of Love, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE by Helen Benedict
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

A biracial teen living in a Pennsylvania town makes a difference by fostering an abandoned Hispanic child. Read full book review >

THE SAILOR’S WIFE by Helen Benedict
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"If only Joyce had remembered to beware of Greeks bearing gifts. As is, she's stuck in a novel with a creaky plot, thin characters, and old arguments."
A schematic third novel from Benedict (A World Like This, 1990; Bad Angel, 1995) uses a young woman's learning curve in love and life as a clumsy forum for a debate on freedom versus duty. Read full book review >
BAD ANGEL by Helen Benedict
Released: March 11, 1996

Told in the voices of its own characters turn by turn, a stirring if somewhat artificially rendered ``lyrical'' second novel by Benedict (A World Like This, 1990), a Columbia journalism professor who's also written about the print media's handling of sex crimes (Virgin and Vamp, 1992). When Bianca D°az, a poor, lonely 14-year-old girl on Manhattan's Upper Westside, begins to abuse her newborn baby, the girl's 40-year-old mother secretly arranges for a middle-class white woman to remove and adopt the infant. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1992

An in-depth analysis of the print media's handling of sex crimes. Focusing on four widely reported rape cases, Benedict (Journalism/Columbia Univ.; Recovery, 1985, etc.) dissects the attitudes and language found in newspaper and magazine reports of the incidents. Read full book review >