The Good Deed


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$19.95  $18.55
Red Hen Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Helen Benedict, a professor at Columbia University, has been writing about refugees and war for many years, both in her nonfiction, Map of Hope & Sorrow: Stories of Refugees Trapped in Greece, published in 2022, and her two most recent novels, Wolf Season and Sand Queen. A recipient of the 2021 PEN Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History, the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism, and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for her exposure of sexual predation in the military, Benedict is also the author of The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women at War Serving in Iraq. Her writings inspired a class action suit against the Pentagon on behalf of those sexually assaulted in the military and the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary, The Invisible War. Helen currently resides in New York, New York. For more information, visit


"Written with immense sensitivity and depth of knowledge and understanding, The Good Deed is an essential read of our times. It is captivating, revealing and insightful. It is vividly and beautifully written, taking us to the heart of these women's experiences, their external and internal journeys, showing us the reality of what it means to be a refugee, the devastation, the loss and trauma, but also strength and resilience. This is a must read! It should be on everybody's bookshelf. It bought tears to my eyes and hope to my heart."--Christy Lefteri, bestselling author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo

"Revealing the ways racism has been systematically encoded in law and the seemingly Sisyphean task of being granted refuge, Benedict interrogates the constructions of race, nationality, and human-made borders. As the roads of the refugees and Hilma converge, the novel comes to an emotional conclusion, reminding us that hope is still to be found in the most desolate of places... An insightful reminder of our responsibilities to one another, more important now than ever." --Kirkus Reviews

"Benedict's true-to-life novel resonates, particularly in the characters' moments of fortitude in the face of brutal experiences of heartbreak and loss." --Leah Strauss, Booklist