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To the Best of Our Knowledge: Writing War Fiction

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In this hour, Helen Benedict was one of the first journalists to notice that American women serving in Iraq were fighting a war on two fronts. In the field, against enemy combatants; and back on base, where they coped with pervasive sexual harassment and assault from their fellow American soldiers. Benedict spent 3 years interviewing women veterans of the Iraq War. She wrote a nonfiction book, The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women in Iraq. She's returned to the same subject, this time in a novel called Sand Queen.

Then, David Grossman is one of Israel's most celebrated writers. His novel, To the End of the Land, is about a mother's fear and trepidation as her son goes to war. Shortly before Grossman finished the book, his own son was killed while serving in the Israeli army. The book sparked a national conversation in Israel when it first came out.

Next, Amir on Zahra’s Paradise.

And finally, Anna Perera’s debut novel Guantanamo Boy, published in 2009 in the UK, chronicles in devastating detail the kidnapping, incarceration and torture of an ordinary teenager six months after 9/11. The details of the story are fictional, but its most important element is true: there really are teenagers imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay. [Broadcast Date: October 19, 2011]

Listen to To the End of the Land by David Grossman.

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