Lynch signs book deal

Wednesday, September 3, 2003

— Jessica Lynch has struck a $1 million deal for a book that will tell the story of her capture and rescue in Iraq. But questions remain over how much she remembers.

Publisher Alfred Knopf announced Tuesday that the former prisoner of war who became a national hero would collaborate on "I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story" with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Rick Bragg.

The book is scheduled to come out in mid-November, with a first printing of around 500,000 copies.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but a source close to the negotiations said Lynch and Bragg would split a $1 million advance, with any royalties going to Lynch. The source spoke on condition of anonymity.

"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.

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. Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards, who visited with Lynch last week, said the state of her memory is "excellent," but declined to say what he and Lynch discussed.