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ISBN13: 9781616951849
ISBN10: 1616951842
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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.

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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.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781616951849
Author:
Benedict, Helen
Publisher:
Soho Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
War
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.51 x 0.85 in 0.82 lb

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