Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel by Ben FountainBilly Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel by Ben Fountain

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel

byBen Fountain

Mass Market Paperback | October 25, 2016

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New York Times Bestseller
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“Brilliantly done . . . grand, intimate, and joyous.”
—New York Times Book Review

“Mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters: read this giant-hearted novel.”
—MARIA SEMPLE, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Three minutes and forty-three seconds of intensive warfare with Iraqi insurgents—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. Now they’re on a media-intensive nationwide tour to reinvigorate public support for the war. On this rainy Thanksgiving Day, the Bravos are guests of a Dallas football team, slated to be part of the halftime show.

Among the Bravos is nineteen-year-old Specialist Billy Lynn. Surrounded by patriots sporting flag pins on their lapels and support our troops bumper stickers, he is thrust into the company of the team’s owner and his coterie of wealthy colleagues; a born-again cheerleader; a veteran Hollywood producer; and supersized players eager for a vicarious taste of war. Over the course of this day, 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 searing and powerful novel that has cemented Ben Fountain’s reputation as one of the finest writers of his generation.

Title:Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.5 × 4.19 × 0.76 inPublished:October 25, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062656562

ISBN - 13:9780062656568

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Doesn't live up to the hype The book is unique in that it's a war book but the character stays in one place - on home soil. The premise seems good but when actually put on paper, it lacks. This felt like a simple screenshot of an entire life that made you want to know what came before and what came after. That may be why some people find it fascinating. Though a good enough read, the plot didn't particularly go anywhere groundbreaking.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Doesn't live up the hype The book is unique in that it's a war book but the character stays in one place - on home soil. The premise seems good but when actually put on paper, it lacks. This felt like a simple screenshot of an entire life that made you want to know what came before and what came after. That may be why some people find it fascinating. Though a good enough read, the plot didn't particularly go anywhere groundbreaking.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good very good book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-27

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“The best book about the Iraq War and Destiny’s Child that you’ll ever read.”