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Wolf Season

by Helen Benedict

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Wolf Season by Helen Benedict
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    Oct 2017, 320 pages

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In Helen Benedict's seventh novel, America's wars have lingering effects for an Iraq War veteran, an Iraqi refugee family, and an Afghanistan marine's wife and son.

Rin Drummond's nicknames include "Pit Bull" and "Dragon." She's a tough-as-nails Iraq War veteran, full of shrapnel wounds and bitterness at the loss of her husband (and fellow soldier) Jay. Back home in the Catskills region of New York, she raises their nine-year-old daughter Juney, who is blind, along with a large collection of animals, including chickens, cats, dogs, and three wolves – even though it's illegal to keep wolves as pets in New York State (see 'Beyond the Book').

It upsets Rin when Juney becomes friends with Tariq Jassim, an Iraqi refugee boy with a prosthetic leg. With her "clusterbomb of paranoias," Rin can't seem to suppress her suspicion about Tariq and his mother, Naema, who works as a doctor at the local Veterans Affairs-affiliated pediatric clinic. Prejudice against people with Arab backgrounds is one of the driving forces behind Helen ...

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