Helen Benedict is the author of five novels and five books of nonfiction. Her new nonfiction book, The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq, will be out from Beacon Press in April 2009.


Benedict's play based on the book, The Lonely Soldier Monologues, is to be performed in New York City at The Theater for the New City from March 5–22, and at La MaMa on March 17. Ticket information at www.lonelysoldierplay.com. Or call (212) 254-1109.


Her article on the subject, "The Private War of Women Soldiers" (Salon, March 2007) was awarded The James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism in 2008. For other articles on women soldiers, see Other Writings.


Benedict's newest novel, The Edge of Eden, set in Seychelles in 1960, is to be published by Soho Press in November, 2009.


Her 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 articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Salon, Ms., In These Times, Huffington Post, The Women's Review of Books, The Nation and elsewhere. She is a professor of journalism at Columbia University.