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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
BEN FOUNTAIN

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
762 reviews (2012) (320p)
Amazon Best Books of 2012: Top 10 Literature & Fiction #4
Amazon Best Books of 2012: Top 100 Editors' Picks #5
New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2012 #1
Library Journal Best Books 2012: The Top Ten #1
National Book Award Finalist #1
TIME Magazine Top 10 Fiction Books #3
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Winner #0
ALA Notable Books - Fiction #1
Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2012: The Top 25 #1
Washington Post Top 10 Books of 2012 #1
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Book Description

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.


Ben Fountain Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 3  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 1  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 1 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 1 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk ·  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 1 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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