Search Results: "Helen Benedict"


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THE SAILOR’S WIFE by Helen Benedict
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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WOLF SEASON by Helen Benedict
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"The 'very long reach of war' transcends generations."
Three women struggle to heal after the trauma of war. Read full book review >

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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 >

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THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE by Helen Benedict
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Mature language and realistic life situations lend verisimilitude to this compelling drama of a young woman's brave stand against abuse and intolerance. (author's note) (Fiction. 13-17)"
A biracial teen living in a Pennsylvania town makes a difference by fostering an abandoned Hispanic child. Read full book review >

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BAD ANGEL by Helen Benedict
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1996

"Ambitious and often insighful, but with the feeling of being too sparsely populated—its characters being asked to have, and comment on, perceptions not convincingly natural to them. (Literary Guild selection)"
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). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Lacking in original insights, but, still, a well-intentioned and thoroughly researched introduction to a painful subject."
An in-depth analysis of the print media's handling of sex crimes. Read full book review >

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THE EDGE OF EDEN by Helen Benedict
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE LITTLE HOUSE BY THE SEA by Benedict Blathwayt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"The two books make a nice pair. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Much as their details differ, this might be described as the British version of Albert's Alejandro's Gift (above). Read full book review >

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STORIES FROM FIREFLY ISLAND by Benedict Blathwayt
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Dozens of intricately detailed b&w drawings are scattered throughout. (Fiction. 5-10)"
Tortoise, oldest and wisest of the animal inhabitants of an imaginary island, tells an assortment of ten pourquoi stories (why frogs croak at night), trickster stories (how the bully Wild Pig was humbled), and moral tales (how Badger, once a hero, became a tyrant). Read full book review >

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SAFE CONDUCT by Elizabeth Benedict
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Add to this the undercharacterized Mac and the glibness of Kate's premature bitterness, and you're left with half a loaf."
Benedict's uneven third novel (Slow Dancing, 1985; The Beginner's Book of Dreams, 1988) is about letting go emotionally and two very different women—one who can, and one who finds it all but impossible. Read full book review >

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ALMOST by Elizabeth Benedict
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2001

"If you're not tired of novelists trying to write novels about novelists trying to write anything, then here is an amusing ride through a mystery whose solution is that it isn't a mystery at all, but life as lived."
Benedict (Safe Conduct, 1993, etc.) returns with a pseudo-mystery about a ghostwriter chasing a ghost—and her guilt—through a story that is successful in spite of itself. Read full book review >

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Positively, Big Mama by Wynter Benedict
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"Indulgent in places but sensitive to the ways in which real life differs from our expectations.
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In a debut memoir, Benedict recounts lessons learned from a New Orleans Catholic childhood, three marriages, and a time of depression. Read full book review >