Sometimes the truth about war isn’t a headline in the newspaper or an in-depth report on the radio. Sometimes, it takes fiction to tell the truth. In this hour, this year’s best new novels about war. A young adult writer tackles the story of children imprisoned at Guantanamo. A graphic novel takes us inside Iran’s pro-democracy movement. And Israeli novelist David Grossman talks about losing a son to war.
Helen Benedict spent 3 years interviewing women soldiers in Iraq. She was one of the first people to document the appallingly high rate of sexual assault American women soldiers were experiencing, from their fellow American soldiers. Now she's written a novel, called Sand Queen, based on those interviews.