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Wolf Season

by Helen Benedict

Wolf Season by Helen Benedict
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2017
    320 pages
    Genre: Novels

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After a hurricane devastates a small town in upstate New York, the lives of three women and their young children are irrevocably changed.

Rin, an Iraq War veteran, tries to protect her blind daughter and the three wolves under her care. Naema, a widowed doctor who fled Iraq with her wounded son, faces life-threatening injuries and confusion about her feelings for Louis, a veteran and widower harboring his own secrets and guilt. Beth, who is raising a troubled son, waits out her marine husband's deployment in Afghanistan, equally afraid of him coming home and of him never returning at all.

As they struggle to maintain their humanity and find hope, their war-torn lives collide in a way that will affect their entire community.

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"Starred Review. Unflinching... In a book that deserves the widest attention, Benedict 'follows the war home,' engaging readers with an insightful story right up until the gut-wrenching conclusion." - Library Journal

"Affecting...The 'very long reach of war' transcends generations." - Kirkus

"Gripping... A low level of dread builds slowly, drawing readers toward the inevitable climactic clash, though Benedict's memorable and complicated characterization is the true highlight." - Publishers Weekly

"Compelling... Benedict doesn't shy away from her characters' very different faults as they grasp for courage and resilience during their dark times." - Booklist

"Wolf Season is honest about suffering, trauma, and the difficulty of healing after war...[The novel] reminds us that we do what's best for our family - our pack - even if it's the thing that hurts the most." - Chronogram

"Wolf Season takes contemporary war-and-mil-writing preoccupation with dogs to its fantastical-yet-logical extension... Rin and Naema are compellingly drawn, as are Rin's daughter Juney and Naema's son Tariq and the three wolves, Gray, Silver, and Ebony. Most striking, however, are two male characters, Louis Martin and Todd Wycombe, both veterans struggling to be men worthy of respect." - Time Now

"No one writes with more authority or cool-eyed compassion about the experience of women in war both on and off the battlefield than Helen Benedict... Wolf Season is more than a novel for our times; it should be required reading." - Elissa Schappell, author of Use Me and Blueprints for Building Better Girls

"Fierce and vivid and full of hope, this story of trauma and resilience, of love and family, of mutual aid and solidarity in the aftermath of a brutal war is nothing short of magic." - Cara Hoffman, author of Be Safe I Love You and Running

"A novel of love, loss, and survival, Wolf Season delves into the complexities and murk of the after-war with blazing clarity. You will come to treasure these characters for their strengths and foibles alike. Helen Benedict has delivered yet again, and contemporary war literature is much the better for it." - Matt Gallagher, author of Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War and Youngblood

"[Helen Benedict] has emerged as one of our most thoughtful and provocative writers of war literature." David Abrams, author of Fobbit and Brave Deeds, at the Quivering Pen

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Helen Benedict is the author of seven novels, including Sand Queen, a Publishers Weekly "Best Contemporary War Novel"; five works of nonfiction, including The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq; and the play The Lonely Soldier Monologues. She lives in New York.

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