In Helen Benedict’s novel, Wolf Season (Bellevue Literary Press), a hurricane devastates a small town in upstate New York, and 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. 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. A journalist, Columbia University professor and novelist, Helen Benedict drew from her interviews with U.S. veterans and Iraqis in writing this book. She is a recipient of both the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.