Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, May 1, 2012 - Fiction - 320 pages
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A finalist for the National Book Award!

A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at "the battle of Al-Ansakar Canal"—three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew—has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. For the past two weeks, the Bush administration has sent them on a media-intensive nationwide Victory Tour to reinvigorate public support for the war. Now, on this chilly and rainy Thanksgiving, the Bravos are guests of America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys, slated to be part of the halftime show alongside the superstar pop group Destiny's Child.

Among the Bravos is the Silver Star–winning hero of Al-Ansakar Canal, Specialist William Lynn, a nineteen-year-old Texas native. Amid clamoring patriots sporting flag pins on their lapels and Support Our Troops bumper stickers on their cars, the Bravos are thrust into the company of the Cowboys' hard-nosed businessman/owner and his coterie of wealthy colleagues; a luscious born-again Cowboys cheerleader; a veteran Hollywood producer; and supersized pro players eager for a vicarious taste of war. Among these faces Billy sees those of his family—his worried sisters and broken father—and Shroom, the philosophical sergeant who opened Billy's mind and died in his arms at Al-Ansakar.

Over the course of this day, Billy will begin to understand difficult truths about himself, his country, his struggling family, and his brothers-in-arms—soldiers both dead and alive. In the final few hours before returning to Iraq, Billy will drink and brawl, yearn for home and mourn those missing, face a heart-wrenching decision, and discover pure love and a bitter wisdom far beyond his years.

Poignant, riotously funny, and exquisitely heartbreaking, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a devastating portrait of our time, a searing and powerful novel that cements Ben Fountain's reputation as one of the finest writers of his generation.

  

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Review: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

It's an old observation, but true nonetheless: Nineteen is a difficult age – old enough to get shot for your country, but not to drink beer. In Billy Lynn's case, it's an age where there's more than ... Read full review

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User Review  - Suzanne - Goodreads

My father was 17 when he enlisted in the Navy during WW II.. As an enlisted sailor he met my mother. They corresponded throughout his years at sea and were married at the end of the war, when he was ... Read full review

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Contents

Dedication
A PRIVATE IN THE INFANTRY
THE HUMAN RESPONSE
BY VIRTUE OF WHICH THE MANY BECOME THE
BULLY OF THE HEART
WE ARE ALL AMERICANS HERE
DRYHUMPING FOR THE LORD
JAMIE LEE CURTIS MADE A SHITTY MOVIE
BILLY AND MANGO ARE OUT FOR A WALK
RAPED BY ANGELS
IF IN THE FUTURE YOU TELL ME THIS IS LOVE I WILL
TEMPORARY SANITY
MONEY MAKES US REAL
THE PROUD GOODBYE
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Ben Fountain is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara. He has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and a Whiting Writers' Award, among other honors and awards. He and his family live in Dallas.

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