Lynch to release book on ''rescue'' in Iraq
Private Lynch has struck a $1 million deal for a book that will tell the story of her "capture and rescue" in Iraq, amid questions lingering over how much the US soldier actually remembers.
Publisher Knopf announced Tuesday that the former POW who became a national hero will collaborate on "I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story" with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Rick Bragg.
The book is expected to come out in November, with a first printing of around 500,000 copies, according to the AP.
Financial terms were not revealed, but a source close to the negotiations said Lynch and Bragg will split a $1 million advance, with any royalties going to Lynch.
"Many folks have written, expressing their support for me and for the thousands of other soldiers who serve their country," Lynch said in a statement issued by Knopf.
"I feel I owe them all this story, which will be about more than a girl going off to war and fighting alongside her fellow soldiers. It will be a story about growing up in America."
However, it is unclear how much Lynch will be able to tell Bragg. Doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington have said it is unlikely Lynch will remember the events of her "capture".
Meanwhile, Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards, who visited with Lynch a few days ago, said the state of her memory is "excellent."
20-year-old Lynch received a medical discharge last week from the Army, making her eligible to pursue book or movie deals. (Albawaba.com)