Tournament of Books 2015

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    The Powell's Playlist | January 5, 2015

    Tim Johnston: IMG The Powell's Playlist: Songs for Not Sleeping by Tim Johnston

    I once told a medical-profession-type lady that I didn't sleep well, that I awoke all through the night and was awake for hours. "What do you do... Continue »

Qualifying orders ship free.
List price: $14.00
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
2 Burnside Literature- A to Z

Sand Queen


Sand Queen Cover

ISBN13: 9781616951849
ISBN10: 1616951842
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 2 left in stock at $9.50!


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Nineteen-year-old Kate Brady joined the army to bring honor to her family and democracy to the Middle East. Instead, she finds herself in a forgotten corner of the Iraq desert in 2003, guarding a makeshift American prison. There, Kate meets Naema Jassim, an Iraqi medical student whose father and little brother have been detained in the camp. 


Kate and Naema promise to help each other, but the war soon strains their intentions. Like any soldier, Kate must face the daily threats of combat duty, but as a woman, she is in equal danger from the predatory men in her unit. Naema suffers bombs, starvation, and the loss of her home and family. As the two women struggle to survive and hold on to the people they love, each comes to have a drastic and unforeseeable effect on the other’s life.


Culled from real life stories of female soldiers and Iraqis, Sand Queen offers a story of hope, courage and struggle from the rare perspective of women at war.

About the Author

Helen Benedict, a Columbia University professor, has written four previous novels, five nonfiction books, and a play. Her novels have received citations for best book of the year from the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago and New York Public Libraries.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

Mendocino, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Mendocino)
A sand queen is a skanky female soldier who "queens" it up over the women-starved men in her unit. This novel paints a more realistic and harrowing picture of the sometimes brutal relationship between men and women in the Army. Set in 2003 in Iraq, Sand Queen's soldiers range from rapists and thugs to sympathetic men who try to smooth the way for their female counterparts. The two main characters are a naive teen assigned to guard thousands of Iraqi prisoners and an Iraqi medical student whose father and brother are somewhere in those thousands. Characters make choices based on group pressure, fear, and despair; attempts to break out of a down-spiral are often countered by war's chaos and the rogue behavior of its actors, including our teen, who makes it home to a world she no longer inhabits. Beautifully written and imagined, this is a novel without sentiment that celebrates life as it describes events no one should endure.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

Benedict, Helen
Soho Press
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
8.25 x 5.51 x 0.85 in 0.82 lb

Other books you might like

  1. The Yellow Birds

  2. Fobbit
    Used Trade Paper $7.50
  3. The Iliad
    Used Trade Paper $10.00
  4. New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary... Used Trade Paper $33.00
  5. Fire and Forget: Short Stories from... Used Trade Paper $5.50

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Military

Sand Queen Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$9.50 In Stock
Product details pages Soho Press - English 9781616951849 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at