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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.

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August 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sand Queen
Author(s): Helen Benedict
ISBN: 1-56947-966-6 / 978-1-56947-966-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Press
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July 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sand Queen
Author(s): Helen Benedict
ISBN: 1-61695-184-2 / 978-1-61695-184-9 (USA edition)
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August 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Sand Queen
Author(s): Helen Benedict
ISBN: 1-4821-0157-2 / 978-1-4821-0157-7 (USA edition)
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August 2013 : USA Audio CD

Title: Sand Queen
Author(s): Professor of Journalism Helen Benedict
ISBN: 1-62460-524-9 / 978-1-62460-524-6 (USA edition)
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August 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Sand Queen
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August 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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August 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Sand Queen
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August 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Sand Queen
Author(s): Helen Benedict
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